Blotter: Man arrested after repeat theft of Modelo beer

Joshua Irvine, Copy Chief

A man was arrested Thursday after the second in a series of robberies he had attempted at a Target in downtown Evanston.

Evanston police Cmdr. Ryan Glew said police arrested a 51-year-old Evanston man that afternoon after he exited a Target in the 1600 block of Sherman Avenue without paying for two cases of Modelo beer, valued at $28. Police stopped the man at the corner of Ridge and Grove, Glew said.

A Loss Prevention Officer in the Target confirmed the man’s identity, Glew said, and further identified him in a robbery that had occurred at the Target last year.  

On May 18, 2018, the man entered the Target and similarly took two cases of Modelo beer. Glew said when the same Loss Prevention Officer attempted to stop the man from leaving the store, the man drew a switchblade and threatened the employee before fleeing on a bicycle.

Police charged the man with one felony count of aggravated robbery for the May 18 incident and one misdemeanor count of retail theft for the Thursday incident, Glew said. He is due to appear in court June 6.    

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