On Sunday, Aug. 10, just after 10 a.m., Evanston police responded to an armed robbery at the Radio Shack located in the 1900 block of Dempster Street in Dempster Plaza. Police learned that a single offender had displayed a knife and made threatening statements to the victim, a store employee, and took a pre-paid cell phone, said Commander Jay Parrott of the Evanston Police Department. The offender then fled the scene on foot.
Police officers, who were already in the area at the time of the robbery, located a man in the 1800 block of Crain Street after hearing a description of the offender in a police radio broadcast. Police were able to recover the stolen phone and the knife used in the robbery along with getting a positive identification of the offender from the victim, said the Commander. Detectives subsequently charged an Evanston man, 23, with armed robbery.
Later on Aug. 10, at approximately 11:10 p.m., police responded to a call that a person was inside a vehicle in the 1100 block of Maple Ave. with a flashlight illuminated. When police arrived, they located and detained a subject, said Commander Parrott.
Police learned that the subject was rummaging through the vehicle’s center console and glove compartment in an attempt to look for valuables while the vehicle was parked in the victim’s driveway, said the Commander. The owner of the vehicle said the subject had coins in his possession that were taken from the vehicle, the Commander added.
Police subsequently charged an Evanston man, 57, with burglary.