River Forest burglars nabbed second time around

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River Forest police arrested two young burglars the second time they entered a home in the 7200 block of Quick Street, early the morning of Aug. 6.

Police said a 19-year-old from Chicago and a 17-year-old Bloomington juvenile, tripped a burglar alarm around 1 a.m., Aug. 6, after they entered a home by forcing open a door. By the time police arrived, they had disappeared. Police secured the door after contacting the absent owners. But a patrol officer swinging past around 5 a.m. found the door ajar again and called for a backup. Inside police found the two and took them into custody.

The Cook County State's Attorney's Office approved residential burglary charges against the two. The juvenile may be tried as an adult, police said. Both suspects will appear at the Maybrook courthouse on Aug. 8.

Police said they did not believe the two arrested were responsible for the increase in River Forest daytime burglaries in the month of July.

"An offender will test the security of the home and observe the police response, only to come back later to commit a crime," said River Forest Police Chief Gregory Weiss, who praised the "good instincts" of the officer who rechecked the house.

Weiss reminded residents to lock doors to homes, garages and cars.

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joe from south oak park  

Posted: August 8th, 2013 3:30 PM

OP Rez - who are we kidding? the way the justice system works in Cook county these folks will plea out for a sentence of a couple months behind bars.

James Bond  

Posted: August 8th, 2013 1:11 PM

Tim, I prefer them alive and being handled by the justice system.

Tim hienz from river forest  

Posted: August 8th, 2013 12:58 PM

What does guns have to do with this story? The homeowner was not home...You're comment is asinine. These idiot's are going to be out on bond by tomorrow.

Guns Not needed  

Posted: August 8th, 2013 12:45 PM

This is how we handle criminals. We didnt need to shoot them to death with a gun. Outcome we all can live with.

OP Rez  

Posted: August 8th, 2013 12:20 PM

This is extra troubling as it shows criminals are willing to break into a home in the middle of the night, without knowledge of whether people are home or not. This suggests that these thugs do not care if they encounter a home owner, and probably have measures of dealing with the victims. I hope these 2 thugs receive a hefty enough penalty that it will send a message to other thugs, though I'm not holding my breath.

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