Police Blotter: Jan. 30

Hal Jin, Reporter

Van stolen from U-Haul lot

Moving company U-Haul reported a missing van from its lot on 2125 Dempster St. 

The company claimed the 2013 Ford cargo van was stolen between Jan. 10 and Jan. 22, Evanston police Cmdr. Joseph Dugan said. The van was to be sold for auction and was discovered missing during an inventory check.

The keys to the van were found.

Dugan said though there has “definitely been an uptick in auto theft recently,” none of the thefts appear to be related in any way.

Chairs, fire extinguisher stolen from restaurant

Two men were caught on camera stealing two wooden chairs and one fire extinguisher from Pete Miller’s, a restaurant at 1557 Sherman Ave.

The manager discovered Jan. 22 that a fire extinguisher and two wooden chairs, worth about $50 each, were missing, Dugan said.

The manager checked security camera footage and saw two people removing the items from the restaurant. The two then loaded the items into a waiting car and drove off. The manager identified the men as patrons, Dugan said.

Both suspects were men who appeared to be between 30 to 35 years old. One appeared to be 5 feet 10 inches and the other 6 feet 2 inches. 

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