Police Blotter: May 29

Julian Gerez, Reporter

Evanston man arrested in connection with misdemeanor retail theft

An Evanston man was arrested in connection with misdemeanor retail theft Wednesday night, police said.

A police officer was patrolling near Jewel-Osco, 1128 Chicago Ave., when he spotted the 38-year-old man looking back toward the entrance of the store, Evanston police Cmdr. Joseph Dugan said. Dugan said that after the officer pulled up next to the man to ask if everything was okay, the man said everything was fine and that he didn’t steal anything.

However, the man, who was wearing a large winter coat, had two bottles of Bombay Sapphire gin worth about $50 inside his coat, police said.

The officer went back to the store and spoke with the manager, Dugan said. After the officer reviewed the video, the man was charged with misdemeanor retail theft, police said.

The 38-year-old is scheduled to appear in court June 29.

Car stolen in south Evanston

Someone stole a car from a street in south Evanston overnight Monday, police said.

The owner of the car, a 28-year-old Evanston resident, said she parked her vehicle, a 2011 Honda, in the 500 block of Sherman Avenue around 9 p.m. on Monday, Dugan said. When she returned Tuesday at around 7:30 a.m., the van was gone, Dugan added.

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