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One of the two suspects in an armed robbery on Pratt Court photographed using a stolen credit card at a convenience store in Skokie has turned himself in to Evanston police.

Timothy Blue, 23, who lives in the 1800 block of Hartrey Avenue, surrendered after his image was depicted on video surveillance at the 7-Eleven store at 3441 Church St. at 1:35 a.m. Monday.

He and a companion used a stolen credit card obtained during an armed robbery Sunday of three women in the 2000 block of Pratt Court, near the Northwestern University campus.

Blue has been charged with three counts of armed robbery in the incident. He was subsequently identified by witnesses in a line up indicating his involvement in the robbery, police said.

The other subject captured in the video has not yet been apprehended, according to police.

The investigation is continuing.

Top: Surveillance video snapshot from Skokie 7-Eleven store.
 

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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...

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  1. Courage

    For this young man to have turned himself into the police to answer for his crime takes a certain amount of courage.  And while he must answer for his criminal actions, perhaps this step will help him to find peace within and begin anew on a very different path.  It's refreshing to hear of a criminal taking actions to be accountable for his crime.  May his lead be followed by many and may that lead result in less crime.

    1. This comment is exactly what’s wrong

      This comment is exactly what's wrong with evanston. He's really sorry! Ok! You're forgiven! Head out of sand, please.

    2. Yes and No

      Every single day every human being makes decisions and acts on them.  In this case, Blue first made a terrible decision and acted in a despicable and moronic way by committing a very violent crime that could have easily ended up in the deaths of three innocent robbery victims and even more harm to our society.  However, whether or not Blue would have turned himself in if he didn't show up on video, he made the right decision and acted to turn himself in.  He can't go back in time and undo the first poor action.  But he did make a subsequent positive action.  It's not for me to decide whether turning himself in outweighs the first action, but at the very least it's a step in the right direction.  He will likely go to jail and serve his time.  Whether it's six months or six years is up to the judge and the legal system.  If we have anything against that then we need to put blame on the system of which we are all a part.  

  2. Not courage

    He did not turn himself in because he had 'courage.'  He realized the police would find him and possibly show up with guns drawn.  He probably also hopes for a reduced sentence if the judge is drawn in by this bleeding heart liberal view that they are all good kids making a temorary error and we need to hold the victims at fault for going to school and having a small amount of money instead of handing it out to every one they see.  NO, they are criminals!

  3. Courage???

    Not sure how you get to courage from some guy who uses a gun to rob three female college students. What's next, are there complaints on how this poor boy has been abused by the system and had to rob these girls to find money for food? When will people wake up and see that there really are bad people out there? Maybe you should set up a fund to pay for his attorneys fees.

  4. Concealed carry

    If Illinois would join the other 49 states (yes, we are the only holdout…murder rate in Chicago demonstrates this approach has failed) and allowed registered gun owners to "conceal carry,"  punks like these guys would meet justice more swiftly and allow taxpayers to avoid onerous legal/jail costs!

    1. Argument for concealed carry

      Claiming they would "meet justice" more swiftly is the best way to turn most people against conceal-carry. 

      It implies the average citizen will open fire at the first sign of trouble.  This isn't the case, but it's what most anti-carry proponents think, and if pro-carry people try to sell their viewpoint that way, moderates will tend towards the anti-carry viewpoint because it's "more civilized" and more reasonable. 

      Instead, focus on and use examples containing deterrance, such as the would-be criminal thinking, "I don't know which of those four customers in the 7-11 are packing heat, too.  Maybe robbing this place isn't such a good idea."

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