Blotter: Chicago man arrested in Skokie in connection with Evanston thefts

Jake Holland, Assistant City Editor

A 24-year-old Chicago man was arrested Thursday in Skokie in connection with multiple thefts that took place in Evanston earlier this year.

An Evanston resident first called police on May 27 to report unauthorized transactions made on her debit card, Evanston police Cmdr. Joseph Dugan said. The unauthorized transactions amounted to nearly $27,000 starting in mid-March and continuing until early May.

Police contacted the woman’s bank and learned that the transactions were made in Evanston and other Chicago area suburbs, Dugan said. Officers were able to find video recordings of several transactions and produced still images of the alleged thief.

Security personnel at the woman’s retirement community identified the man as a former employee, Dugan said. Police, however, were not able to locate the man over the summer.

When police learned the man had a court date in Skokie on Nov. 9 for an unrelated offense, they sent officers to arrest the man, Dugan said. The man was taken into custody at the Skokie courthouse and charged with three felonies: theft, possession of another’s debit card and use of an account number or code with intent to defraud.

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