Police Blotter: Police increase patrolling around area of suspected gang activity

Cydney Hayes, Reporter

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An anonymous source texted the Evanston Police Department tip line early Thursday morning to report a sighting of several suspected gang members, of which one or more were allegedly armed, police said.

Police officers checked the location in the 100 block of Callan Avenue but found no gang members or weapons, EPD spokesman Perry Polinski said.

There have been multiple gang and gun-related reports recently throughout the city, including a shooting Tuesday night at Mulford Street and Custer Avenue, so police have increased patrolling in the area, Polinski said.

Man arrested for stealing baby formula

An Evanston man was arrested Tuesday for retail theft at a Jewel Osco grocery store, police said.

The 54-year-old man attempted to steal infant formula from the store, 2485 Howard St., but was arrested at the scene, Polinski said.

A 30-year-old loss prevention representative for Jewel Osco alerted police to the crime around 3:05 p.m., and the man was arrested about 20 minutes later, Polinski said. The Evanston resident is currently awaiting trial.

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