A man walking on the 600 block of Howard Street at two in the morning carrying a large white box drew the attention of an Evanston police officer this morning.

Police say that when the man saw the officer, he suddenly started walking in a different direction.

That prompted the officer to stop and question the man. During that questionning Police Cmdr. Tom Geunther says, officers found the man also had a metal pipe used to smoke drugs.

So, they arrested him for possession of drug paraphernalia and took him to the police station.

Under questionning there, Guenther says, the man provided information that linked him to the burglary of a Dodge van parked in the 200 block of Custer Avenue.

Police contacted the van’s owner who said the unlocked van was where he’d last seen his missing white binder and laminating printer.

The Rogers Park man, who police identify as Christopher Daniel Childress, 38, of 7516 N. Ridge Ave., now has been charged with faces a felony charge of burglary to a vehicle as well as the misdemeanor drug paraphernalia charge.

He’s scheduled to appear in Skokie District Court at 9 a.m. on May 25.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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