On April 28 at approximately 1:15p.m., three subjects were sitting at a table next to a victim at Bar Louie in the 1500 block of Sherman Avenue. They fled just before the victim realized her wallet was missing, said Commander Jay Parrott of the Evanston Police Department.
When the incident was reported to the police, a police dispatcher, having monitored a surveillance camera in the immediate area, observed three subjects entering a black Jeep Cherokee and then leaving the area. Police detectives observed a vehicle matching the jeep’s description in the 2200 block of Howard Street and they subsequently detained two subjects.
Police learned in their investigation that the subjects were part of a professional pick pocket crew, said the Commander. Police recovered proceeds taken from the victim at Bar Louie and computer hardware which was being used by the offenders to make fraudulent identification cards, he added.
The ability to rapidly make fraudulent identification cards allows the offenders to present a fake I.D. along with a victim’s credit card to make a transaction at a store, said the Commander. These transactions often occur within a very short period of time of stealing a wallet, he said.
A Chicago man, 41, was charged with felony theft.