In retrospect, it was probably not a good idea, police said, for a 70-year-old Evanston man to get out of his car after it was hit by a rock to offer bystanders a reward for information about the perpetrator.

The victim told police that what resulted, when he offered a $10 reward to a group of youths standing on the corner of Foster Street and Ashland Avenue at about 8:45 p.m. Friday, was that the boys turned on him, searched his pockets, and made off with his cell phone.

He reported the incident to police, who have the incident under investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at (847)866-5040 or to use the department’s Text-a-Tip service.

To text a tip to the Evanston Police Department, you must have text messaging enabled on your cellular phone and subscribe to a participating cell phone carrier. To begin your tip message, enter the number “274637” (which spells out the word CRIMES) in the phone number line. Then start your message with EPDTIP (to ensure the tip is routed to the proper police department) and enter your tip with as much detail as possible.

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...

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