Evanston police are investigating a juvenile burglary ring where teenage boys allegedly forced other children to commit crimes on their behalf, authorities announced today.
One 16-year-old Chicago boy was arrested Aug. 22 and charged with residential burglary and the identity of a second 16-year-old is known, but he has not been arrested, according to a police press release.
The investigation was sparked after police officers responded Aug. 14 to a report of a trespass to vehicle in progress in the 100 block of Clyde Avenue and took three boys into custody between the ages of 8 and 10, all from Chicago, the release said.
During interviews, the boys told police they were approached in Chicago on Aug. 13 in the area of Damen Avenue and Howard Street by two 16-year-olds who threatened them with bodily harm unless they broke into an apartment, and to subsequently use a stolen key to enter a parked car, according to police.
A watch, television and iPod were also reported stolen during the burglary.
The three boys arrested during the trespass to vehicle were released to their parents without charges, and police are working with the Cook County state’s attorney’s office to petition both 16-year-olds to court, according to the release.
“(It) is suspected that these juveniles are responsible for committing additional residential burglaries that have been reported in Evanston,” the release said.