Police: Former Pete Miller’s employee stole vodka

Ciara McCarthy, Summer Reporter

A former employee of Pete Miller’s was arrested Saturday after he stole four bottles of vodka from the upscale restaurant in downtown Evanston, police said.

The bartender at Pete Miller’s, 1557 Sherman Ave., noticed earlier Saturday that the bottles were missing from the bar, police said. Surveillance video from Friday night showed Allen Conway, who used to work at Pete Miller’s, stealing a total of four bottles during two trips inside the restaurant after it had closed.

Conway, 49, stole two bottles at about 4:50 a.m. Friday and two more at about 5:30 a.m. Saturday, police said. Conway was arrested about 12 hours later when he was spotted near Fountain Square in downtown Evanston.

Conway, of the 7300 block of North Damen Avenue in Chicago, was charged with two counts of burglary. He is scheduled to appear in court Sept. 11.

— Ciara McCarthy