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Evanston man charged with stealing car back he sold

An Evanston man is accused of selling a Toyota Camry via Craigslist, then stealing the car from the buyer and trying to sell it again.

Problem is, the second potential buyer of the car was an undercover police officer, court documents indicated Sunday.

Eddie Simmons is accused of selling a 2010 Toyota Camry to a 30-year-old Chicago man last Wednesday after advertising the car on the internet sales site Craigslist, Assistant State’s Attorney Bridget O’Brien said Sunday during a bond court hearing.

Simmons, 22, of the 2000 block of Dewey in Evanston, was arrested Friday, after he tried to sell the same car to undercover police officers at 5050 N. Cicero, court documents indicated.

Simmons later allegedly told police that he had returned to the buyer’s garage and stole back the Camry by entering through an unlocked garage door.

Also known as William Anderson, Simmons was charged with burglary, possession of a stolen motor vehicle and forging car registration documents. The Camry was impounded.

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