Police Blotter: Feb. 24

Julian Gerez, Reporter

Two El cars defaced while parked

Two Chicago Transit Authority rail cars were spray painted near the Chicago-Evanston border early Saturday, police said.

An employee for the CTA reported the incident after inspecting two Purple Line cars parked in a train yard in the 300 block of Howard Street around 12:50 a.m., Evanston police Cmdr. Joseph Dugan said.

One of the cars had the words “Paces and Juan” spray painted on it while the other car had the word “Farvis” painted on it, Dugan added.

Evanston man arrested in connection with retail theft

A man was arrested in connection with retail theft Sunday afternoon near the Chicago-Evanston border, police said.

The Evanston resident was observed by an employee of the store placing four 12-packs of Red Bull and four bags of shrimp into his shopping cart, and leaving the last point of purchase without paying for those items, Dugan said. The 34-year-old then got into a vehicle and drove away from the Jewel-Osco, 2485 Howard St., before police located and stopped the man on the corner of West Jerome Street and North Albany Avenue in Chicago about two blocks from the store, Dugan added.

The items were valued at $196.12, and the man was charged with misdemeanor retail theft, police said. He is scheduled to appear in court May 7.

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