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Evanston police say they’ve arrested three teenagers in the theft of cartons of eggs from the Walgreens on Green Bay Road Halloween evening.

Police Cmdr. Jay Parrott says that about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday an employee of the store called police to report the theft — and said the store manager had been struck by one of the thieves when he tried to detain them.

The group fled before officers arrived on the scene, Parrott says, but a description and direction of travel were obtained and broadcast to officers area-wide.

About two hours later, investigator on patrol in the 1900 block of Darrow Avenue observed three subjects matching the description of the suspects. The investigators, assisted by patrol officers, stopped the three for questioning.

Parrott says the three were also identified from store surveilance video that also showed one of the thieves hitting the store manager in the head with his elbow and fist.

The suspect identified in a lineup as the one who struck the store manager, Paul R. Downs, 17, of 2002 Darrow Ave., has been charged as an adult with robbery and is due in Skokie district court at 9 a.m. Nov. 20.

The two others, also 17, will face retail theft charges in juvenile court. The store manager suffered only minor injuries.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. C’mon, why post the pic of the kid?

    Do you have to run the guys picture to make things worse.  I remember being 17 and never doing something this dumb but pretty close.  But he's 17,  a kid, doing something very stupid but to put his family through this mess by showing his picture is wrong and irresponsible.  Just my opinion.  

    1. Why post pic? Here’s why

      Perhaps you missed this part of the story: 

      A police official "says the three were also identified from store surveilance video that also showed one of the thieves hitting the store manager in the head with his elbow and fist.  The suspect identified in a lineup as the one who struck the store manager, Paul R. Downs, 17, of 2002 Darrow Ave., has been charged as an adult with robbery … ."

      I'd say that this "kid" has chosen to make things pretty bad all by himself.  He hit another person in the head with his elbow and fist while fleeing his robbery.  Given his actions, he is charged as an adult so he does not have the protections afforded by the juvenile court process.

      It would be irresponsible not to display his photo.  I want to see this person so that my children and I can avoid him if we see him.  I am certain that he will be walking the streets of Evanston soon enough.

      I hope that this person, with the help of his family, can get his life back on track so that he can be a productive and law-abiding member of society.  But, as things stand right now, we deserve to know who he is because he is accused of being a violent criminal.

    2. Why post the ‘kids’ pix?

      #1. – As a deterrent to other so-called "kids" who might think of doing the same thing.

      #2. – Because he struck an employee –  I work for minimum wage in a retail store 40 hours per week. Getting hit was not in my job description.

      #3. – He's lucky he didn't get shot.    Then it's all – "He didn't have to shoot my baby over some eggs"

      #4. – So people will know to watch out for him.

      Just my opinion.

  2. It’s embarrassing to get

    It's embarrassing to get caught stealing eggs for Halloween pranks, but when you're 17 years old and doing so, it's downright pathetic.

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