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Crime & Courts

Confrontation over gasoline theft ended with criminal charges

Cheilia M. Evans, 24, of Sycamore, was charged with aggravated assault, retail theft and reckless driving.
Cheilia M. Evans, 24, of Sycamore, was charged with aggravated assault, retail theft and reckless driving.

SYCAMORE — A 24-year-old Sycamore woman accused of driving toward a gasoline station employee who confronted her about stealing gasoline was released Monday on her own recognizance.

Authorities say Cheilia M. Evans, of the 200 block of North Cross Street, filled her 2000 Oldsmobile with $37.63 worth of gas about 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Woodgate Shell, 1400 DeKalb Ave. in Sycamore.

After filling her car, gas station employees noticed she was not going to pay for the gasoline, court records show. An employee confronted her, putting his hands on the hood of the car, and Evans then drove her car toward the employee to try to get away, court records show.

The man jumped out of the way to avoid being injured, court records show.

Evans was charged with aggravated assault, retail theft and reckless driving. If convicted of aggravated assault, the most serious charge, she would face probation or up to three years in prison. She is next due in court Aug. 13.

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