Blotter: Oct. 29

Tanner Maxwell, Video Edtior

Man arrested after stealing alcohol, cigarettes

Police arrested an Evanston man after they say he stole several items from the Jewel-Osco near Dempster Street on Friday night.

An employee stopped James Michael Woods, 41, after he paid $2 for soda at a self-checkout at 11:30 p.m., Evanston Police Cmdr. Jay Parrott said. The man took a bottle of Courvoisier cognac and several packs of Newport cigarettes without paying for them from the grocery store, 1128 Chicago Ave.

Woods is accused of retail theft. He has been charged with stealing the cognac but not the cigarettes, Parrott said.

Woods, of the 1900 block of Sherman Avenue, is scheduled to appear in court Nov. 22.

Car missing, keys nowhere to be found

A car was taken Wednesday from west Evanston, according to police.

A 2007 Dodge Caravan parked in the 2100 block of Greenleaf Street was stolen overnight, but the owner of the vehicle did not report the theft until Thursday, Parrott said.

The owner told police he could not find his keys, meaning someone likely took them and stole the car, Parrott said.

— Tanner Maxwell