Police Blotter: Evanston man charged with felony for lying about identity during arrest for theft

Robin Opsahl, City Editor

An 18-year-old Evanston resident was charged with a felony for obstruction of justice after lying about his name and age during an arrest for stealing office equipment.

Police were dispatched after a 36-year-old Evanston woman observed a man remove some packages delivered to her front porch in the 1600 block of Dempster Street at about 4:50 p.m. on May 8, Evanston police Cmdr. Joseph Dugan said. The boxes contained office equipment valued at nearly $130.

Officers patrolling the area saw the man walking with another person in a south alley at Dempster Street and Florence Avenue carrying the boxes. The man was positively identified by the victim during a showup, Dugan said.

During the process of arrest, the Evanston man lied both about his last name and birthdate, identifying as a 17-year-old juvenile to officers, Dugan said. When the suspect got to the station, he revealed his real name and birthdate. Officers charged the 18-year-old man with a misdemeanor for theft and a felony for obstruction of justice.

Man arrested in connection with criminal trespass at Jewel-Osco

Police arrested a 24-year-old man in connection with criminal trespass at an Evanston Jewel-Osco Monday night.

Officers were dispatched to the Jewel-Osco grocery store, located at 1128 Chicago Ave., at about 9:45 p.m. after the store manager filed a complaint for trespassing, Dugan said. The manager, a 24-year-old woman, reported that the suspect was standing in the vestibule of the store asking for money and “intimidating” customers as they passed by. The man was asked to depart the area on several occasions prior to the complaint, and was asked to leave the premises before the manager called but refused, Dugan said.

The 24-year-old Evanston resident was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor for criminal trespass to real property. He is scheduled to appear in court on June 1, Dugan said.

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