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This morning, April 13, at 8:55 a.m., Evanston Police responded to the 2200 block of Central Street for a robbery/home invasion, said Commander Jay Parrott of the Evanston Police Department. A 67 year old male and his 68 year old wife were pushed to the floor and duct taped in their home after three males said they had a delivery for the husband, and then pushed their way into the residence, said the Commander.
The intruders took four pieces of artwork, said the Commander. One was an oil painting and three were prints. The oil painting and one of the prints were valued at between $50,000 and $100,000 each. The other two prints were not valuable, according to the victim.
The offenders are described as white or Hispanic, said the Commander. One subject was of a stocky build and was wearing a red and white shirt with black pants. The second subject was described as wearing dark clothing, possibly a black shirt and pants. No description was given for the third subject. It is believed that the subjects were in a small white box style truck that may have been rented from Budget car rental.
The victims were both taken to a local hospital by fire department paramedics for treatment.
Detectives are currently investigating the incident. Anyone with information regarding this incident can call the Evanston Police Department at 847-866-5000, the detective bureau at 847-866-5040 or utilize the text-a-tip program by texting “CRIMES” (274637) and then type EPDTIP in the message line followed by your information on the incident. All texting tips are anonymous, said the Commander.