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Package thefts on the rise

Deliveries reported stolen on Main Street, Ridge Avenue, and Oak Avenue.

With more items being purchased online, thieves are finding it lucrative to steal packages soon after they have been delivered. Today’s crime bulletin from Evanston police notes three such thefts in recent days.

Cmdr.  Ryan Glew of the Evanston police department notes that increasing darkness and the approach of the holiday season typically contribute each year to a seasonal increase in such thefts as well.

THEFT

400 Main

A package delivered to a home in the 400 block of Main Street around 3 p.m. Saturday was reported stolen.

1500 Ridge

A package delivered to a home in the 1500 block of Ridge Avenue between Sept. 15 and 9:20 a.m. Monday was reported stolen.

1500 Oak

Food delivered to a home in the 1500 block of Oak Avenue was reported stolen around 9 p.m. on Oct. 1.

600 Davis

Cash was stolen from the tip jar in a restaurant in the 600 block of Davis Street around 3:30 p.m. yesterday.

2600 Ridge

Medication was reported taken from a backpack at Evanston Hospital between noon Wednesday and 6 p.m. yesterday.

800 Emerson

Miscellaneous merchandise was taken from the 7-Eleven store in the 800 block of Emerson Street at 5:12 a.m. yesterday.

1700 Sherman

Miscellaneous merchandise was stolen from the CVS Pharmacy in the 1700 block of Sherman Avenue at 11:37 a.m. yesterday.

1600 Cleveland

A catalytic converter was removed from a 2002 Toyota in the 1600 block of Cleveland Street between 9 p.m. yesterday and 8:19 a.m. today.

BATTERY

355 Ridge

Joshua J. Parkman, 23, of 2429 123rd St., Blue Island, was arrested at 355 Ridge Ave. at 8 p.m. Sunday and charged with battery.

BURGLARY

1900 Howard

A backpack was stolen from an unlocked 2017 Nissan in the 1900 block of Howard Street between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. yesterday.

2300 Noyes

Medication was stolen from a home in the 2300 block of Noyes Court between midnight Saturday and 9 p.m. Sunday.

CRIMINAL DAMAGE

900 Elmwood

The front gate of a home in the 900 block of Elmwood Avenue was damaged around 12:45 p.m. yesterday.

Emerson at McCormick

Someone threw a chair at a 2012 Honda near Emerson Street and McCormick Boulevard around 3 p.m. Saturday, causing damage to the vehicle.

Incidents listed appear among the official reports of the Evanston Police Department. An arrest does not constitute an assumption of guilt, which can only be determined by a court of law. Court appearances take place in Cook County 2nd District Court in Skokie.

Related Document: Crime Bulletin (October-12DR)

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio stations and business-oriented magazines.

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