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Evanston Police executed a search warrant Thursday on two businesses at Church Street and Dodge Avenue.

executed a search warrant on two west side businesses Thursday as part of an on-going investigation involving Link card fraud, officials said.

Agents from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Secret Service assisted Evanston police officers in investigating and searching , 1901 Church St., and A.J. Wireless, located at 1700 Dodge Ave. Both businesses are located near the northwest corner of the intersection of Church Street and Dodge Avenue.

Police reported they recovered “records and numerous items of electronics from the search warrant locations,” and said that the stores may have been accepting stolen electronic devices in exchange for cash.

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During an early 2011 visit to A.J. Wireless, a man claiming to be a co-owner of the store told Evanston Patch that people had sometimes attempted to sell him stolen cell phones and other electronics, but that he had been working with police to identify such items and the people who sold them.

Police did not return phone calls for comment at the time of publication.

Two subjects are currently in police custody and charges are pending, authorities.

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Richard Schulte April 28, 2012 at 11:13 PM
Who would believe that their is fraud, waste and/or abuse occurring in a government program? The best way to prevent such fraud is to eliminate government "hand-out" programs. Instead of hand-outs, we need to be giving folks a "hand-up". That means that government should be working to expand the economy so that people have jobs and don't need hand-outs. How does government help expand the economy? That's easy-get out of the way of people engaged in commerce. Right now, it is the Obama Administration's policy to punish folks who provide jobs. The prime example of a policy that punishes people for providing jobs is the Administration's holding up of the Keystone XL oil pipeline on the basis of "harm" to the environment. Oil pipelines already exist in Nebraska without environmental damage-the Keystone XL would be just one more pipeline in Nebraska. Ain't no big environmental deal-the Administration's hold-up of the KXL pipeline is the Administration's way of paying Warren Buffet back for a political donation. It's called pay-to-play (the Chicago Way).
Frank April 30, 2012 at 04:50 AM
Victoria - good question! I have thought for a long time that they were buying stolent cell phones at the store at the corner of Church/Dodge. Maybe this raid will stem all that activity that goes on there.
Frank April 30, 2012 at 04:51 AM
Dick, don't you have enough going on down there in that fine Red state of yours to keep you occupied? Aren't there some Democrats down there that you can harrass?
Richard Schulte April 30, 2012 at 12:53 PM
Frank, you sound sad that I've escaped from Evanston and Illinois. Through the magic of the internet, I will continue to post on Patch until occupied Crook County and Illinois are liberated by the Americans. Working in the resistance is rather exhilarating (sp?).
david m. May 20, 2012 at 10:15 PM
yes I sure did sell his cell to AJ and got like 20 bux for it. so, thanx for that.

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