Blotter: Man arrested after chase for theft at Jewel-Osco, burglary at Davis Street Pantry

Natalie Chun, Reporter

A 30-year-old Chicago resident was arrested Tuesday in connection with a theft of cosmetics worth $667.72 from the Jewel-Osco at 2485 Howard St.

A 51-year-old male employee reported the theft on Oct. 1 at 3:12 p.m. and said two people took numerous Olay and alcohol products from the store and left without paying, said Evanston police Cmdr. Ryan Glew. The grocery store’s video surveillance also confirmed there were two men, one in a black shirt and the other in a blue shirt.

The two men fled the scene and were pursued by an officer on foot, until they climbed under CTA tracks, heading eastbound, Glew said. Another officer was at James Park when he observed a man in a black shirt climbing over a fence from the CTA tracks. The man was stopped and detained, and found with several Olay products. He was identified by the Jewel employee who reported the theft, arrested and transferred to the police station, Glew said.

The search for the second man was negative and no suspects are in custody.

Burglary at Davis Street Pantry

Two witnesses reported a burglary at Davis Street Pantry on 927 Davis St. around 12:52 a.m. on Wednesday. The two were walking westbound on Davis and heard the sound of glass shattering. The two saw a man flee eastbound on Davis from the scene and said he was wearing a blue shirt, light pants, and was carrying a bag, Glew said.

The owner of Davis Street Pantry, a 59-year-old male, arrived on the scene after police and said he would like to press charges against the man. The owner did a cursory search and found a number of cigarette products removed from the shelf, Glew said. According to video surveillance, the man was carrying a white bag with a brick that was used to break the glass door, and was wearing a blue shirt and a white face mask.

Glew said that there is currently no one in custody and there is no more information.

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