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.