Blotter: Man arrested for Google Home theft, residential property vandalized

Molly Burke, Reporter

A 48-year-old Evanston man was arrested Tuesday for retail theft.

The man was charged with stealing a Google Home system from Target, 1616 Sherman Ave., valued at around $300, Evanston police said.

The incident took place on Feb. 6 at around 8 p.m., though it wasn’t reported until employees completed inventory the following day. The man reportedly removed the security device and exited with the product unnoticed, Evanston police Cmdr. Brian Henry said.

Police investigated using surveillance video and identified the man as someone known to them. He was arrested on Elmwood Avenue.

Residential property vandalized

Two garages and one car in the 1800 block of Wesley Avenue were defaced Tuesday at around 8:30 p.m..

The property, each with a different owner, had graffiti sprayed on it, though the images were unclear, Henry said.

The value of the damage done to the garages and the property has not yet been assessed. The owners will report costs after repairs are started.

Little suspect information is available, though three teens were seen running down the street.

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