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Evanston police investigated two robberies and a home invasion that occurred Monday in a string of incidents they said appear to be unrelated.

In the first case, an Evanston resident was walking on the 500 block of Dodge Avenue in south Evanston when a man approached him and demanded the yellow metal necklace he was wearing, according to the account he gave police. The subject, a 20-year-old male, gave the offender his necklace. The offender took the necklace and immediately left the scene.

The subject contacted police at about 3:30 p.m. and said that he knew the offender from high school, identifying him as Evanston resident Donald Anthony Gill. Police took Gill into custody Monday evening and found a necklace, which the subject identified as the property taken from him, in Gill’s possession.

Gill was charged with theft and is scheduled to appear in the 2nd District Court in Skokie next month.

Later that night at about 9:10 p.m., a 41-year-old female Evanston resident reported an armed robbery on the 1800 block of Ashland Avenue, just blocks west of campus. She told police she was walking from her vehicle to her residence when three youths, one possibly as young as nine years old, approached her and asked for directions.

As she spoke to them, one youth showed her a handgun and ordered her to give him everything she had. The offenders took one bag of groceries from her and pointed the gun at her when she was slow to give them her other bag.

After the offenders took the second grocery bag as well as a wallet containing the subject’s identification, they fled the scene. EPD units checked the area but could not locate the offenders.

The Juvenile Bureau of the Investigative Services Division is currently handling the case.

Five minutes later on Jackson Avenue, police responded to a call from a 50-year-old female resident who said three men had forced their way into her apartment and told its occupants to lie on the floor. As of Tuesday, it was still unknown if any property was taken in the invasion.

The intruders, one of whom was reportedly armed, searched the residence, screamed at the victims and abruptly left. The resident called police and an EPD unit in the area arrived in time to see a vehicle matching her description of the offenders’ car.

They stopped the suspected vehicle and found a shotgun in the car. Despite one of the car’s three occupants running from the vehicle, all three were apprehended. No charges had been filed as of Tuesday afternoon.

Reach Megan Crepeau [email protected].

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