Police Blotter: Evanston man arrested in connection with home repair fraud

Ben Winck, Assistant City Editor

An Evanston contractor was arrested yesterday in connection with neglecting a client since February.

The client, a 74-year-old Evanston man, hired the 48-year-old contractor in October 2015 to renovate his residence in the 1500 block of Ridge Avenue by installing new appliances and cabinets, Dugan said. The contractor was paid more than $30,000 but only changed an outlet before ceasing communication in February, refusing to respond to phone calls and other means of contact.

The resident filed a report soon after, and detectives received a warrant for the contractor’s arrest, Dugan said. He was charged with aggravated home repair fraud.

Skull caps stolen from Campus Gear

Several skull caps were stolen from Campus Gear on Monday morning.

Officers were dispatched to the store at 1722 Sherman Ave. at about 11:15 a.m. after one of the store’s employees reported that a man stole six skull caps with “Chicago” written on them from an outdoor display, Evanston police Cmdr. Joseph Dugan said. An employee said he saw the man grab the caps and put them in his backpack before fleeing westbound.

The stolen caps were valued at nearly $60.

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