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Police believe teens burglarized more than 100 vehicles

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PARK RIDGE, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Three suburban teenagers arrested over the weekend are believed to be responsible for committing more than 100 car burglaries in at least five communities in recent weeks, Pioneer Press is reporting.

Stefan Bulatovic, 18, of the 7500 block of West Winona in Harwood Heights; Nikolas Pena, 18, of the 2000 block of 73rd Court in Elmwood Park; and Michael T. Staples, 17, of the 4400 block of North Newcastle in Harwood Heights are each charged as adults with two counts of burglary to a vehicle and one count of trespassing.

They were arrested by Park Ridge police after officers responded to a vehicle burglary in the 600 block of Courtland Avenue about 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Deputy Police Chief Lou Jogmen said police

A resident told police he returned home to find someone inside his parked car and, when he confronted the individual, the suspect ran away, Jogmen said.

Police located Bulatovic not far away, while Pena and Staples were taken into custody at their homes. They were charged with criminal trespass in connection with the Courtland Avenue incident, and burglary for breaking into unlocked vehicles parked on 300 block of North Wisner Street, Jogmen said.

The teens are believed to have committed similar crimes in Park Ridge, Niles, Glenview, Northbrook and Chicago over the last few weeks.

"Based on our early investigation, some of the facts lead us to believe they are responsible for over 100 car burglaries," Jogmen said.

No additional charges have been filed as of Monday, but the investigation continues, he said.

The teens looked for easy targets when choosing vehicles, Jogmen said "Their intention was to enter unlocked cars and remove valuables." In addition to loose change, the teens stole items like GPS devices, sunglasses and cameras, he said.

All were scheduled to appear in bond court Monday.

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