Blotter: Evanston man steals merchandise from Home Depot

Kristina Karisch, City Editor

More than $500 worth of merchandise was stolen from Home Depot in southwest Evanston on Wednesday evening.

At 6:24 p.m., a 61-year-old male Evanston resident removed merchandise from the store, at 2201 Oakton St., and passed the last point of sale, said Evanston Police Cmdr. Ryan Glew.

The man then encountered a loss prevention officer.

“He said ‘I have a gun’ and reached into his waistband,” Glew said. “He also struck the loss prevention officer in the head, causing injury.”

Glew said the man knew he was being approached by an on-duty loss prevention officer. He was arrested a block and a half away on Oakton Street on three felony counts, Glew said: aggravated robbery, aggravated battery of a loss prevention agent and felony retail theft.

Man arrested for possession of marijuana, driving under the influence

At 12:48 a.m. on Wednesday, a 23-year-old Evanston resident was stopped on the 700 block of Dobson Street in south Evanston for a stop sign violation.

Officers said the man had trouble maintaining a lane when he was driving, Glew said.

Upon stopping the car, Glew said Evanston Police Department officers found 6.5 grams of marijuana, one empty 24 oz. can of beer and two full cans of beer. Additionally, the man was balancing a can of beer on his lap.

“He admitted to smoking cannabis before the stop,” Glew said. “He admitted to consuming two big beers — two tall boys.”

He failed the field sobriety test and was charged with a misdemeanor DUI as well as a civil law ticket for the possession of marijuana.

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