Blotter: Phone stolen during fight, man arrested for bicycle thefts

Molly Burke, Reporter

An 18-year-old man had his phone taken Saturday, possibly by three men. All of the people were attending a party in the 2100 block of Oakton Street when a fight broke out on the sidewalk Saturday around 6 p.m., Evanston police Cmdr. Brian Henry said.

While the fighting happened, someone took the man’s phone. He did not notice until after, when he went to Steak ‘n Shake to call the police.

When the police showed up to the scene, the man was uncooperative in providing information, Henry said.

Man arrested for bicycle thefts

A 49-year-old man was arrested Thursday when an apartment complex security guard called the police after seeing on surveillance video that the man was cutting a bike lock in a locked residential storage unit.

The police arrested the man for theft before connecting him to a previous theft of a bicycle, valued at $320, at the same location on Dec. 31.

The man was arrested at 1740 Oak Ave. around 5:30 a.m. The apartment building had experienced many bicycle thefts and had put up cameras to get surveillance footage. A motion detector signaled the security guards at the time of the theft, Henry said.

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