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Afternoon robberies spike in South Evanston

Cell phones and womens' purses are targeted

Evanston police are investigating a number of robberies in south and central Evanston that typically occur between noon and 3 p.m. These among the stories in today’s crime bulletin from Evanston police.

Victims are typically walking with their cellular phones visible, and women carrying purses, police say. The offenders have been described as three to four male Black youths between 13 and 17 years of age, riding in a blue Honda CRV with Illinois registration that was reported as stolen out of Chicago.

Police warn that although offenders have not displayed or implied a weapon, several victims have been physically attacked during the commission of the robberies. Additional police patrols have been deployed in the area.

Police say that similar robberies have occurred in the Rogers Park area of Chicago, just south of Evanston.

ROBBERY

900 Forest

A robber took a phone from the victim’s hand on the sidewalk in the 900 block of Forest Avenue at about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Michigan at Lee

A victim was shoved into a wooden fence and headphones and cell phone were taken on the sidewalk at Michigan Avenue and Lee Street between 2:31 p.m. and 2:35 p.m. Tuesday.

1500 Judson

A victim was shoved to the ground and her purse taken in the 1500 block of Judson Avenue at about 1:24 p.m. Wednesday.

800 Emerson

A victim was shoved to the ground and their cell phone taken in the 800 block of Emerson Street around 3 p.m. Tuesday.

BURGLARY

2000 Maple

A bicycle was stolen from an open garage in the 2000 block of Maple Avenue around 9 a.m. Wednesday.

CRIMINAL DAMAGE

South Boulevard at Elmwood

Someone damaged a “Free Little Library” box and kicked cars near South Boulevard and Elmwood Avenue around 6:20 p.m. Tuesday.

SHOTS HEARD

1727 Oak

Gunshots were reported in the 1700 block of Oak Avenue at 8:47 p.m. Wednesday. Police checked the area but found nothing.

THEFT

1000 Madison

Unattended power tools were taken from a common area in the 1000 block of Madison Street around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Davis at Sherman

A maroon and silver bicycle was stolen from the sidewalk at Davis Street and Sherman Avenue at 2:20 p.m. Tuesday.

1700 Sherman

Laundry detergent, household supplies, and food items were stolen from a pharmacy in the 1700 block of Sherman Avenue between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesday.

TRAFFIC

2401 Dempster

Daejonna Q. Dickerson, 24, of 103 E. Dundee Road, Wheeling, was arrested at 2401 Dempster St. at 7:46 a.m. Tuesday and charged with a traffic violation.

915 Hinman

Shamil Magomedov, 31, of 9166 W. Church St., Des Plaines, was arrested at 915 Hinman Ave. at 12:24 p.m. on March 26 and charged with a traffic violation.

1100 Ridge

Richard Dion Neals, 22, of 5545 S. Shields Ave., Chicago, was arrested at 1100 Ridge Ave. at 11:55 a.m. Wednesday and charged with a traffic violation.

Incidents listed appear among the official reports of the Evanston Police Department. An arrest does not constitute an assumption of guilt, which can only be determined by a court of law. Court appearances take place in Cook County 2nd District Court in Skokie.

Related Document: Crime Bulletin (April_02-21DR)

Charles Bartling

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio stations and business-oriented magazines.

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