Evanston police say they found over three pounds of marijuana in a house in the 1700 block of Hartrey Avenue late Wednesday night after getting an anonymous phone tip about a suspicious person climbing a fence to get into the building’s yard.

Police Commander Tom Guenther says responding officers found a man in the yard who had a hard time explaining why he was there.

Evanston police say they found over three pounds of marijuana in a house in the 1700 block of Hartrey Avenue late Wednesday night after getting an anonymous phone tip about a suspicious person climbing a fence to get into the building’s yard.

Police Commander Tom Guenther says responding officers found a man in the yard who had a hard time explaining why he was there.

The officers found a first-floor window of the building ajar, and though the suspect claimed the owner was inside the building, the officers were unable to get anyone to answer the door.

So they entered the home and, once inside, Guenther says, they detected a strong odor of marijuana wafting from a closet, in which they found four shopping bags filled with the green leafy substance.

Guether says the investigation is continuing, and no charges have been filed yet in the case.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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