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Homeless man charged with burglary in Evanston

Dwayne Howard, 51, is accused of stealing a package from a vestibule and carrying a backpack with “burglary tools,” police said.

Two Evanston police officers are accused of falsely arresting a man and using excessive force in a lawsuit filed April 21, 2021 in federal court.
A man is charged with stealing a package on Sept. 9, 2019, from a vestibule in Evanston.
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A 51-year-old homeless man is charged with burglary after fleeing police in north suburban Evanston.

Dwayne L. Howard is charged with one felony count of burglary, one felony count of possession of burglary tools and one misdemeanor count of trespass to residence, Evanston police said in a statement.

Dwayne Howard is charged with burglary
Dwayne L. Howard
Evanston Police Department

About 11:15 a.m. on Monday, detectives allegedly saw Howard take a FedEx package from a vestibule at 115 Clyde Avenue and ride away on a bike, police said. They tried to stop him a few blocks away but Howard fled on foot.

He discarded the package and a backpack as detectives chased him, police said. He was taken into custody a short time later with the discarded items.

Inside the backpack were “burglary tools”, including a pair of screwdrivers and gloves, police said. The package did not belong to Howard.

He is being held at the Cook County jail on no bond because of a previous burglary arrest, police said. He is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 16.