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Two Charged in Stealing 60" TV From Store

They might not have been caught except for what they did next, according to the report. An arrest is merely an accusation, not evidence of a conviction.


Dajuan Blackwell, 21, of Des Plaines was charged with Class 3 felony retail theft and Treyvon Dean, 19, of Evanston was also charged with Class 3 felony retail theft after a security agent for a store in the 8500 block of Golf Road phoned police Feb. 21 just before 12:30 a.m.

Store security agents had approached and tried to stop a man later identified as Dean when they observed him wheeling a 55-inch TV out of the store and into the parking lot without paying for it, according to the report. When the agents confronted him in the parking lot, he abandoned the TV and got into a silver minivan, which exited the parking lot.

Police located the vehicle in the 8000 block of Ballard Road and observed a 60" Vizio LED television box in the vehicle. 

Blackwell was seated in the front passenger seat and Dean was seated behind the driver. The driver and a fourth passenger were eventually let go. None of the four, however, was able to produce a receipt for the 60" TV, according to the report. 

The security agent arrived on the scene of the stopped minivan and positively identified Dean as the man who had pushed the 55" TV, valued at $868, out of the store without paying for it, police said.

The store's surveillance video showed Blackwell placing the 60" television, valued at $888,  into a shopping cart, wheeling it out of the store without paying for it and loading it into the minivan just before midnight, the report indicated.

The security agent confirmed the 60" television belonged to the store. Police placed store receipts, a surveillance video DVD and the 60" television into evidence. Their court date was Feb. 26 in the Skokie branch of the Cook County Courts.

$5,000 heating/air conditioning unit stolen

On Feb. 19, a woman notified police that unknown persons had entered a vacant home in the 7400 block of Main Street and removed a furnace and air conditioning unit valued at $5,000, poice said. Police are investigating.

Offenders who damaged electrical conduit may have been drinking

On Feb. 19, a tenant of a business called an electrician because her electrical sign was not working, and the electrician found someone had damaged the electrical conduit. He also found beer bottles on the roof, according to the report. 

Bottle thrown through home's window

On Feb. 20, a woman living in the 9000 block of Clifton reported someone threw a glass bottle threw her living room window, and the window shattered. The victim saw a man fleeing in a white SUV and believes the incident is related to a prior incident involving her son. Police are investigating.

Incidents are taken from Niles Police Department reports.

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