Blotter: March 5

Jia You, Assistant City Editor

Man with outstanding warrants arrested after allegedly stealing vodka

Evanston Police arrested a 32-year-old man after he allegedly stole a bottle of vodka from the Dempster Street Dominick’s on Wednesday afternoon.

Security at the supermarket, 1910 Dempster St., observed the Evanston resident taking a bottle of Ketel One vodka from a shelf and concealing it with his coat, EPD Cmdr. Jay Parrott said.

Security detained the man after he allegedly attempted to walk out without paying. The man tried to hide his identity by providing different names to police officers responding to the incident. Officers then ran the man’s fingerprints to confirm his identity and found he had two outstanding warrants issued by the Cook County Sheriff’s Office in connection with violation of probation and failure to appear in court, respectively.

Police charged the man with obstruction of justice and retail theft. He is scheduled to appear in court April 3.

Robbers take cellphone from Evanston boy

Two men allegedly robbed a 17-year-old boy Saturday around noon.

The boy and his mother, both Evanston residents, were reportedly walking east on Lake Street near Darrow Avenue when a man grabbed the boy from behind, Parrott said. A second man reportedly came up and reached into the boy’s pockets, taking his Samsung smartphone. The two men then allegedly fled southbound on Darrow Avenue. Neither the boy nor his mother sustained injuries, Parrott said.

Burglar steals laptop and cash register

Someone burglarized a warehouse in the 2100 block of Dempster Street last week.

The burglar apparently gained access to the warehouse’s unlocked front door sometime between 6 p.m. Feb. 25 and 9 a.m. Feb. 26 and cut the insulation to get into the main office, Parrott said. They stole a laptop worth $2,400 and a cash register. Police are still investigating the case, Parrott said.

— Jia You

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