Cops crack Halloween egg theft case
Evanston police say they've arrested three teenagers in the theft of cartons of eggs from the Walgreens on Green Bay Road Halloween evening.
Police Cmdr. Jay Parrott says that about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday an employee of the store called police to report the theft -- and said the store manager had been struck by one of the thieves when he tried to detain them.
The group fled before officers arrived on the scene, Parrott says, but a description and direction of travel were obtained and broadcast to officers area-wide.
About two hours later, investigator on patrol in the 1900 block of Darrow Avenue observed three subjects matching the description of the suspects. The investigators, assisted by patrol officers, stopped the three for questioning.
Parrott says the three were also identified from store surveilance video that also showed one of the thieves hitting the store manager in the head with his elbow and fist.
The suspect identified in a lineup as the one who struck the store manager, Paul R. Downs, 17, of 2002 Darrow Ave., has been charged as an adult with robbery and is due in Skokie district court at 9 a.m. Nov. 20.
The two others, also 17, will face retail theft charges in juvenile court. The store manager suffered only minor injuries.