An Evanston man is facing auto burglary charges after a two month investigation by police.

Cmdr. Tom Guenther says witnesses saw a man removing a five-gallon gas can from a car parked in an alley in the 1300 block of Hinman Avenue about 5:30 p.m. on May 9.

When confronted by one of the witnesses, Guenther says, the burglar fled the scene on foot.

Officers weren’t able to immediately locate him. But Guenther says a follow-up investigation by detectives led to the identification of a suspect who detectives were eventually able to locate and arrest.

Guenther says witnesses identified Prentice Floyd Phillips, 46, of 1458 Chicago Ave., in a line up as the burglar and the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office approved the filing of charges against him.

He’s scheduled to appear in Skokie district court at 9 a.m. Monday.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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