Police arrest robbery suspect, recover stolen items

An 18-year-old Evanston man has been charged with robbery following an incident Monday afternoon near Greenleaf Street and Dewey Avenue.

Police Cmdr. Jay Parrott says the 18-year-old robbery victim told police he'd been approached about 2:50 p.m. by three youths, one of whom demanded his property, knocked him to the ground and stole his iPod and cell phone.

After the officers responding to the call broadcast a description of the robber, a plain-clothes tactical unit in the area located two subjects in the 1800 block of Dempster Street matching the description provided by the victim.

The victim tentatively identified one of the subjects — Bertrum T. Anderson — as the person who'd robbed him, and police say they found the victim's cell phone in Anderson's possession.

Parrott says futher investigation determined that Anderson had sold the victim's iPod to a nearby store for cash. Police recovered it from the store owner and returned it to the victim.

Anderson, of 240 Lee St. in Evanston, now faces a felony robbery charge. He's scheduled to appear in Skokie district court  at 9 a.m. on Jan. 27.

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