Nearly two years after the event, a Chicago man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for burglarizing a Walgreens drug store in Evanston.

Evanston police say Lawrence Todd Lemons of 1300 N. Sedgwick in Chicago was sentenced Jan. 20 for one count of commercial burglary after being convicted at trial on the charge.

Police say officers responding to a burglar alarm at the Walgreens at 635 Chicago Ave. at 3:40 a.m. on Jan. 28, 2009, found the front window broken out.

Officers searching the area say they spotted Lemons carrying a clear plastic bag filled with numerous cigarette packs.

When Lemons saw the police they say he dropped the bag and fled on foot. Officers were able to capture him after a brief chase.

Police say they also recovered the bag Lemons had dropped, which, in addition to 72 packs of cigarettes, also contained five digital cameras still in their original packaging.

And, police say, Lemons’ image was also captured on a surveilance video at the store. 

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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