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A 57-year-old Chicago man is being held without bond after being arrested today and charged with two armed robberies in Evanston that occurred on Jan. 22.

Evanston Police say detectives took Preston G. Gresham, of 7750 S. Emerald Ave. in Chicago, into custody at the Cook County Jail where he was already being held on charges stemming from armed robberies in other jurisdictions.

Perry Polinski, a police spokesman, says the detectives used witnesses, video and physical evidence to link Gresham to the Evanston incidents.

The holdups, at Close Knit, 1620 Orrington Ave., and at the Junior League Thrift House, 920 Chicago Ave., occurred at about 4:30 and 4:45 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 22.

The incidents led to a controversy after police stopped a man near the Thrift House store who resembled a description of the robber broadcast on the police radio but who turned out not to have been the robber.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Resemblance to innocent guy amazing
    I was critical of EPD handling of the innocent guy they picked up outside the library after this incident.

    However, when you look at these two guys together, they really look like twins.

    Check the original post it you don’t believe me!

    1. Apologies are in order
      Wow, you’re right.

      So will Gregory Hall and those publicly calling for the firing of the arresting police officers issue an apology? Will WMAQ and WLS TV news do a follow up story on the armed robbery arrest and the obvious and uncanny similarity of Hall and the perp? Not holding my breath.

      Hall, a 60-year-old doctor of naprapathy, was handcuffed and released 10 minutes later. After he complained of pain from the handcuffs, he was transported by fire department paramedics to St. Francis Hospital where he was fitted with a brace for his left hand.

    2. Why is someone from the far
      Why is someone from the far south side do his business on the Northside.

      1. Good odds
        Evanston is a rich suburb with progressive populace.

        So the expected yield is higher while chances of them carrying a firearm is lower.

        I’m surprised we don’t get more robbers here, just more burglars in South Evanston. But that can change overnight.

      2. Free Country
        quite often you read about people in the news that seem to be far from home. When I lived on South Side I dated someone from Hoffman Estates. Had friends that lived on Northside

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