Two arrested in Evanston for stealing copper downspouts
Richard W. Latoria, 27, of Northlake (left) and Ryan T. Hanley, 30, of Chicago were each charged with three counts of felony theft. | Evanston police
Updated: March 4, 2013 8:10PM
EVANSTON — Two men were arrested Friday after police discovered two large plastic bags filled with copper downspouts in their possession in Evanston.
Officers saw the men acting suspiciously about 2 p.m. March 1 in the 900 block of Chicago Avenue in Evanston, Evanston police said.
The men told police they were scrappers and two large plastic bags filled with cut-up copper downspouts were later discovered, Evanston police said.
An investigation led police to buildings where the men removed copper downspouts with metal snips in the 200 block of Main Street, the 500 block of Lee Street, and the 900 block of Forest Avenue, police said.
Ryan T. Hanley, 30, of the 10500 block of South Spaulding Avenue, Chicago, and Richard W. Latoria, 27, of the 300 block of Medill Avenue, Northlake, were each charged with three counts of felony theft.
Hanley, who was on parole for a previous theft conviction, was ordered held on $25,000 bail, while Latoria was ordered held on $10,000. Both are due in court in Skokie on Wednesday.