Blotter: Nov. 22

Tanner Maxwell and Tanner Maxwell

Police arrest burglar from September incident

Evanston police arrested a Chicago man in connection with a burglary on the 2100 block of Sherman Avenue in September, according to an EPD news release issued Monday.

The initial burglary resulted in the theft of a laptop, two backpacks, a blue pillowcase and $8 in cash. A resident notified police the apartment smelled of smoke, but no one who lived there smoked cigarettes.

This tip led officers to find a single cigarette butt in the apartment. Police used the cigarette butt to perform a DNA comparison.

The sample matched that of John Bernard Lathon, who was on parole. Police arranged a meeting with Lathon that resulted in his arrest.

Man caught after burglarizing garage

Evanston police arrested an Evanston man after a garage burglary on the 1100 block of Sheridan Road on Friday morning, according to an EPD news release.

Police responded to a call while the burglary was in progress. The resident later told police loose change was missing from the interior of his vehicle.

Once arriving in the area, officers began searching the area for a man matching the description given to them.

During the search, police found Patrick Gordon, who gave “evasive nonsensical” responses to the officers’ questions, according to the news release. Based on his answers and his similarity to the description of the burglar, police took Gordon into custody and recovered approximately $15 in change.

After questioning, police charged Gordon with burglary.

– Tanner Maxwell

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