A man told Evanston police that he parked his 2000 green Ford Explorer in the 1600 block of Maple Avenue downtown shortly before 8 a.m. Tuesday and left the keys in the center console and the doors unlocked.

When he returned about 1:15 p.m., his car was gone.

What, you think it’s Halloween?

Police say two residents of the 2000 block of Keeney Street woke up Monday morning and found their cars had been targeted by vandals who threw raw eggs on the cars while they were parked on the street overnight.

A 2001 Subaru and a 2006 Land Rover were expected to make an unscheduled visit to a car wash.

How much are my pennies worth?

Following several reports of thieves stealing copper downspouts — and other thieves who couldn’t tell the difference stealing the much less valuable aluminum ones instead — today we have news of a weekend burglary at a construction site in the 2100 block of Sheridan Road in which the bad guys made off with rolls of copper wiring.

More crime news, on the map.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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