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.