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updated: 8/12/2011 2:03 PM

Hanover Park teen charged with stealing GPS, phones

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A Cook County judge set bail at $50,000 Thursday for a Hanover Park teen charged with stealing a GPS device, cellphones and other items.

Police arrested Kordell T. Southall, of the 500 block of Santa Cruz, on Wednesday afternoon after police encountered him and another person riding bikes near Barrington Road and Sycamore Avenue, where several burglaries from cars have been reported, said Cook County Assistant State's Attorney Bill Cotter.

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Southall, 19, gave the officer permission to look in the backpack he was carrying, Cotter said. Inside, Cotter said, the officer found five cellphones, a radar detector, an MP3 player and a GPS tracker, which authorities later determined was stolen from a vehicle in Bloomingdale.

Southall told police a friend gave him the GPS device with instructions to pawn it and that he (Southall) suspected it was stolen, Cotter said.

Southall is charged with theft, a class 3 felony punishable by two to five years in prison. Probation is also an option.

Southall, who is on DuPage County probation for a 2010 burglary, next appears in court on Aug. 30.

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