Blotter: Man arrested for stealing $719 in North Face coats from Uncle Dan’s, man steals $21.99 in alcohol from Jewel

Natalie Chun, Reporter

A 40-year-old man was arrested Tuesday in connection with a theft of $719 in North Face coats from Uncle Dan’s, located at 1600 Sherman Ave.

A 38-year-old manager of the store reported the theft and said that she was assisting the man with different coats in the store and left him unattended. At around 4:17 p.m., he took two coats, one valued at $299 and one at $420 and left without paying, said Evanston police Cmdr. Ryan Glew.

A 25-year-old male employee of Uncle Dan’s witnessed the incident and followed the man into an alley at 1400 Chicago Ave. Responding officers found both men in the alley and recovered both coats, said Glew.

The man admitted to the theft, according to Glew, saying, “Yeah, I took them. I’m homeless. I have no coat and the grey coat matched my pants.”

Man steals $21.99 in alcohol from the Jewel

A 49-year-old employee of the Jewel-Osco, located at 1228 Chicago Ave., reported a retail theft of $21.99 in alcohol at the store around 2:33 p.m. on Thursday.

While working at the customer service register, the employee noticed a man take the items off a shelf and put them in his pants. She also saw him walk over to the liquor aisle and take a bottle of Baileys Irish Cream off the shelf, Glew said.

The employee then approached the man and told him to drop everything. He dropped a bag of Cheetos and a teriyaki meat stick out of his pants but took the bottle past the last point of purchase.

The man was last seen running southbound on Chicago Avenue. The employee described him as being slim, around 21-25 years old, around 5’4, and wearing a black jacket, blue jeans and a pink hoodie.

Glew said that no one is in custody and no one has been charged.

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