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Glenview Man Identified As Home Invader Who Helped Duct-Tape Evanston Couple, Steal Paintings

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Michael Karabatsis, 51, of Glenview (Evanston Police)

Michael Karabatsis, 51, of Glenview (Evanston Police)

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EVANSTON, Ill. (CBS) – A 51-year-old Glenview man has been arrested in connection with an Evanston home invasion in which suspects duct-taped an elderly couple and stole valuable works of art.

Evanston police say Michael Karabatsis was one of three offenders who stormed a home in the 2200 block of Central Street on April 13 and made off with paintings and prints.

Detectives traced the artwork to a Morton Grove coin shop, where they had been left for sale on consignment, Evanston police said in a news release. The trail led to Karabatsis, who was charged Wednesday with one count of home invasion, a Class X felony.

One of the victims told CBS 2 shortly after the robbery that the suspects fooled them into thinking they were making a delivery. The offenders knocked the couple to the ground before restraining them with duct tape. Police initially valued the four stolen works of art at between $100,000 to $200,000. One reportedly was a painting by artist Giuseppe Guerreschi.

Police still seek the other two offenders. Anyone with information can call detectives at (847) 866-5040.

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