Police investigating a suspicious vehicle at 1:30 a.m. Friday in Waukegan believe they have solved a recent string of car burglaries and thefts.
Four of the five occupants of the car, which was parked Pleasant Hill Gate and Swallow Tail Drive, were charged in connection with the thefts after admitting their involvement, police said.
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"I am proud of the proactive police work instituted by these officers," said Chief Daniel Greathouse. "They identified a problem and aggressively patrolled the area until they caught the offenders."
Nicholas Wilson, 19, of the 33300 block of Mill Road, Wildwood, was charged with one count of residential burglary, one count of theft, two counts of burglary from motor vehicles, and one count of burglary from a separate salon theft.
Brian Dziak, 18, of the 5700 block of Constitution Way, Gurnee, and Christen Cooper, 19, of the 4500 block of Lawn Avenue, Waukegan, were each charged with one count of theft and two counts of burglary to motor vehicles.
William Buettner, 17, of the 2100 block of Lawrence Boulevard in Gurnee, was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance for being in possession of three Ecstasy pills, police said.