Blotter 1/20: Yard tools reported missing from garage on Darrow Avenue

Grace Johnson

NU student victim of credit card fraud totaling more than $400

A Northwestern student’s credit card was charged for five unauthorized purchases, police said.

The student called police to his residence at Zeta Beta Tau fraternity, 576 Lincoln St., around 4 p.m. Tuesday after discovering the purchases, University Police Deputy Chief Dan McAleer said.

Someone made the purchases, totaling $419.42, before the student discovered the transactions around 1 p.m. Tuesday. The student had the debit card at the time the transactions were made, police said.

Police are still investigating.

Yard tools reported missing

from garage on Darrow Avenue

An Evanston resident witnessed a burglary taking place in the garage of the resident’s home Tuesday evening, police said.

The resident saw a man leaving the garage of the residence on the 1100 block of Darrow Avenue, Guenther said. The resident found the garage door propped open as the man fled southbound. The man was not carrying anything. The resident later reported a weed wacker, valued at $100, and a leaf blower, valued at $500, as missing from the garage, Guenther said.

There are no leads in the investigation, police said.

Man shoplifts DVD sets from Borders, escapes in getaway car

A man stole two DVD boxed sets from a downtown Evanston store before escaping in a getaway car Tuesday morning, police said.

Around 10 a.m. the man entered Borders, 1700 Maple Ave., and placed the boxed sets in a red shopping basket before walking around the store. An employee described the man as 6 feet 1 inch tall, with blond hair and blue eyes and wearing a dark coat, Evanston Police Cmdr. Tom Guenther said.

After wandering around the store for several minutes, the man left without paying and ran eastward to a dark-colored Ford waiting outside of Uncle Dan’s, 901 W. Church St., police said. The DVDs are valued between $250 and $300.

Police are investigating.

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