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updated: 3/1/2013 1:56 PM

Teens charged with burlgary in Elgin

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Two Elgin teenagers were charged with burglary after police say they took items from unlocked cars.

Esteban Perez, 17, and Marco Morales, 18, both of the 1900 block of South Street in Elgin, were each charged with six counts of burglary, and were being held Friday at the Elgin Police Department, police said in a news release. Perez and Morales were scheduled to appear in bond court Saturday morning in Kane County.

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Elgin police got a call shortly before 4 a.m. from a newspaper delivery person reporting there were two suspicious people in the Woodbridge subdivision near College Green Drive, west of Randall Rand, police said.

Officers soon found the men, who fled on foot and were detained without incident a few blocks away, Elgin detective Mark Whaley said.

The men had been checking unlocked car doors, entering the cars and stealing the contents inside, including two GPS units, two knives, loose change, one textbook, a Black & Decker drill and some cigarettes, Whaley said.

Officers canvassed the neighborhood and located several victims who reported having items stolen, police said.

Both Perez and Morales had a juvenile record, Whaley said.

Elgin Police Chief Jeff Swoboda commended the efforts of "the alert newspaper delivery person for seeing suspicious behavior and contacting the police to investigate it," the release stated.

Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact Whaley at (847) 289-2697.

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