An Evanston alderman gave police the tip they needed early Sunday morning to arrest a suspect in a burglary case.

Alderman Ann Rainey, 8th Ward, says she was awakened about 1 a.m. by someone ringing the doorbell of her home in the 1700 block of Dobson Street.

She called the police emergency number and one of the first police units responding to the area noticed a man wearing dark-colored clothing walking in between houses on the block.

Police say the man told the officer his cousin lived in one of the homes. But when the officer asked him why he was carrying what appeared to be a purse, the man ran off.

Officers gave chase on foot west on Dobson and south on Dodge Avenue and finally apprehended the suspect in the 1900 block of Howard Street.

Police say they found the purse the man allegedly tossed away during the pursuit and found a home near where the chase started with an open rear door.

Residents of that house identified the purse and said it had been stolen from their kitchen.

The suspect, Timothy James Brown, 39, of 9116 Senate Drive in Des Plaines, is scheduled to appear in district court in Skokie at 9 a.m. on Jan. 8 to face a residential burglary charge.

The 8th Ward has been hit with a wave of burglaries in recent weeks and police say they have stepped up patrols in the area.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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