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Thief picks up drop off boxes

Evanston police say somebody made off with metal clothing donation boxes in two different parts of the city recently.

A box at 2209 Howard St. disappeared Monday and one at 1466 Simpson St. was discovered missing on Saturday.

Evanston police say somebody made off with metal clothing donation boxes in two different parts of the city recently.

A box at 2209 Howard St. disappeared Monday and one at 1466 Simpson St. was discovered missing on Saturday.

Update 5:25 p.m.: Evanston Police Commander Tom Guenther says its the first time in his 25 years on the force that he’s heard of donation boxes being stolen, though there have been incidents in the past of people crawling into the boxes to steal clothing, or trying to sleep in the boxes.

He says speculation is that the thefts could be the work of a tow truck operator planning to sell the boxes as scrap metal, or possibly someone from one of several for-profit and non-profit firms that collect clothing donations trying to cut down on the competition.

It would take some effort to move the boxes — one of which was described as being 4-foot by 4-foot by 5-foot in size.

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