Blotter: Sept. 19

Susan Du

Evanston police search for home invasion suspects

Home invasion suspects eluded police during a car chase Sunday evening and fled on foot, the Evanston Police Department wrote in a news release Monday.

Police responded to the 1700 block of Monroe Street with regard to a home invasion in which the resident said two armed offenders forced him into his home and demanded money and drugs. After the offenders fled, police in the area observed a suspicious vehicle near the Evanston-Chicago border and tried to stop it. The vehicle eluded the officers for a short time, after which it was discovered abandoned in the 3000 block of West Jerome Avenue.

Evanston police are continuing investigations.

Elderly women victimized into ruse entry and burglary

An 83-year-old Evanston woman was lured into her backyard while her house in the 1400 block of Cleveland Street was burglarized at noon Friday.

Police suspect the burglary was perpetrated by two offenders working in tandem, Parrott said. In this case, one suspect advised the victim he needed to take some measurements in her backyard while the other illegally entered her residence and went through her belongings.

The woman described the burglar she interacted with as being about 5-foot-5, 35 years old and possibly eastern European.

Parrott said incidents of ruse entry in Evanston and the surrounding Chicago metropolitan area are commonly committed by organized crews of people of eastern European descent who prey on the elderly.

The victim in Friday’s incident did not discover anything missing at the time the report was filed.

– Susan Du

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