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Police: Teen Car Burglar Caught in the Act

A 17-year-old Evanston man is charged with burglary after he was caught tampering with a car in west Evanston, according to police.

Jodeci Johnson, 17, of the 800 block of Brummel Street in Evanston, is charged with one count of burglary as an adult, a felony. Photo credit: Evanston Police Department.
Jodeci Johnson, 17, of the 800 block of Brummel Street in Evanston, is charged with one count of burglary as an adult, a felony. Photo credit: Evanston Police Department.
Police say they arrested and charged a 17-year-old Evanston man after they caught him trying to break into a car on the city's northwest side early Thursday morning.

Jodeci Johnson, 17, of the 800 block of Brummel Street in Evanston, is charged with one count of burglary as an adult, a felony, police said.

Officers were wearing civilian clothes and working on a burglary mission when they spotted Johnson tampering with a car in the 2600 block of Central Park Avenue around 2:15 a.m. Thursday morning. When police tried to stop him, he ran away, and officers stopped him a short distance later.

Johnson had more than $50 in loose change, a GPS unit and headphones, according to police. Police tracked the GPS unit to its rightful owner, who lived not far away, and determined that Johnson had gone into the car and taken the unit from the glove box, police said.

"It is believed that Johnson went into numerous unlocked vehicles looking for items and loose change based on statements Johnson had made to police," police spokesperson Cmdr. Jay Parrott said in a release. 
Jennifer Fisher May 31, 2013 at 04:04 PM
Ah, thanks for the correction.
el debarge May 31, 2013 at 04:57 PM
Nice job EPD! Unfortunately, our court system will probably order probation or court supervision as his defender will likely argue that his client is working on getting his life back together, currently seeking employment, and considering going back to school. I suspect we'll read about Mr. Johson again.
shirley June 01, 2013 at 04:37 PM
This article appears to be the top story on your homepage for over 24 hours yet there no mention of a shooting in the 2000 block of Emerson St. during the night. I would think the shooting is more newsworthy, isn't it?
Antoinett Boonw June 02, 2013 at 10:39 AM
Is a Felony conviction warranted for a 17 yr old youth, with no other issues with the law?

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