Wilmette Police Arrest Teen in Connection with Burglary on 8th Street

Police say two teens are suspected of stealing items from a Wilmette home by entering through an unlocked rear door.

Wilmette police arrested a 16-year-old Evanston resident Friday in connection with a burglary to a home in the 700 block of 8th Street. 

A Wilmette resident alerted police to suspicious people in the alleyway, which led to the arrest of one of two teens that police say burglarized a home on Friday at 9:30 p.m. 

The teens entered the home through an unlocked rear door and took two laptop computers, a purse, wallet, foreign and U.S. currency and various other electronic items, according to Wilmette Police Chief Brian King. 

A Wilmette officer chased the offenders who fled on foot near 9th Street and Central Avenue. 

The 16-year-old Evanston teen was captured half an hour later near Isabella Street and Woodbine Avenue. The teen had been arrested by Wilmette Police Department earlier in June and petitioned to a juvenile court on a burglary to a garage that occurred in the 400 block of Central Street and an auto theft that occurred in the 900 block of Chestnut Avenue. 

The second offender, described as an African American male in his late teens, was last seen heading southbound from Woodbine Avenue and Isabella Street. 

Police later recovered a backpack dropped by one of the offenders as they were fleeing near Woodbine Avenue and Isabella Street, “it contained some of the items stolen from the home,” King said.

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