Evanston police say the Diadem Jewelers store at 1613 Sherman Ave. downtown was robbed about 11:15 this morning.

Police say the clerk in the store told them that a man entered the shop, brandished a handgon and announced the robbery.

The robber then used flexible plastic bindings to tie the clerk’s hands  and grabbed jewelry from display cases, putting the items into a gym bag and backpack.

He then fled the store through a rear door, fleeing the area on foot.

Police were called by a person passing by the store who looked in and noticed the victim who was still bound.

The victim described the robber as a 6-foot- tall black male, about 30 years old, weighing 250 pounds. He was wearing a baseball cap, sunglasses, scarf, black leather coat, dark jeans and dark gym shoes.

Police Cmdr. Tom Guenther says detectives are conducting interviews and collecting evidence and haven’t yet determined what jewelry items are missing.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. What? No Robo Call?

    Why no robo call from the city about this community safety incident? A man uses a handgun to rob a store, ties up the employees and runs out of the store in downtown "E-town" and the city doesn't sound the alarm? Where are all those that supported the "robo calls" just a week or so ago? 

    1. No robo call?

      I got my robo call … over six hours after the event.

      How close do you live to downtown?

      — Bill

  2. Heaven forbid we worry about

    Heaven forbid we worry about bringing in a new business (TK) in that same block as this jewelry store  and attract more traffic (employees and customers) that might have seen what was going on and could have called 911. Oh yes, the new definition of 'family friendly': not feeling safe at a fast food restaurant or walking downtown in mid day. Oh wait, the city is too worried about what type of bag we carry our groceries in – if this new 'family friendly' attitude of needing to carry a gun just to go to the store to protect ourselves is what is becoming Evanston, then perhaps we need to elect individuals that will worry about the bigger issues,

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