By Devin Rose
A 15-year-old Oak Park boy was arrested and charged Oct. 18 after he allegedly used a copy of a master key to break into a gym locker at Oak Park and River Forest High School, police said.
The OPRF student faces three felony charges resulting from an incident, Oct. 12, when he allegedly took $10 and two keys on a keychain from a locked gym locker, said Oak Park Police Commander LaDon Reynolds.
The investigation of the missing master key was first reported on OakPark.com.
The youth is charged with theft of the actual key, theft of belongings from the locker, and possession of burglary tools to commit the locker theft, Reynolds said. He told police he got the key from a former student, Reynolds said.
The student voluntarily came to the police station for questioning and was subsequently arrested around 11:30 a.m. The theft was reported Oct. 13 by the student missing the items, said Kay Foran, communications coordinator for the school.
Reynolds said police have no information that there are other keys floating around.
"We'll investigate until all leads are exhausted," he said.
No additional charges had been filed Monday and the boy is expected to appear in juvenile court.
Foran said a first offense of theft in the school's code of conduct could result in anything from three to five days of after-school detention to 10 days of out-of-school suspension with referral to a disciplinary hearing. The school's disciplinary process is separate from charges filed by police and is ongoing, she said.
An Oct. 14 letter from Supt. Steven Isoye and Principal Nathaniel Rouse alerted parents about the incident and said the school would transition to a new lock system for the gym lockers.
Foran said Monday more than 2,000 locks had been replaced, which accounted for all the gym lockers. She said athletic department locks will begin being replaced this week.
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