Blotter: Police investigating burglary valued at $400

Nikki Baim, Reporter

Police are investigating a burglary that took place Wednesday night in the 2200 block of Ridge Avenue.

A 21-year-old Evanston woman reported to police her backpack was missing from her bedroom when she came home, Evanston police Cmdr. Ryan Glew said. The backpack contained a DSLR camera, telescopic lens and cash — all of which was valued around $400.

The woman left her bag unattended in her bedroom with the door closed from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Glew said. Her roommate, who was home at the time of the burglary, said she was in her own bedroom with headphones on. The back door of the residence was unlocked.

The woman told police her neighbors said a man walked into their apartment around the same time that the burglary occurred. He asked, “Where’s Tony?” and left when the neighbors said they didn’t know Tony, Glew said.

Police have not yet identified the suspect.

Evanston woman reports severe damage to shrub

Police responded Wednesday to a report of severe damage to a bush in south Evanston.

A 46-year-old Evanston woman said someone broke several branches off a 10-by-10 bush on her property in the 1400 block of Monroe Street between April 30 and May 2, Glew said. She told police the suspect “destroyed the profile of the bush.”

At the residence, officers observed someone had intentionally stripped off branches that were hanging over the public sidewalk, Glew said.

The woman installed a camera on her property on May 1, but she has not seen any footage of a suspect yet. She told police she will press charges of criminal defacement of property if the suspect is identified.

Glew said the bush will likely need to be replaced.

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