A 16-year-old Chicago resident suspected by River Forest police of being involved in a burglary and auto theft in January, was shot to death in the Austin neighborhood on March 8.

River Forest police said in a press release that the boy was one of three juveniles suspected of a burglary and motor vehicle theft in the 900 block of Franklin Street on Jan. 4. The two other juveniles already were taken into custody; police were seeking the third.

Chicago police notified River Forest that the third suspect was shot multiple times in the 800 block of North Waller Avenue in Chicago last week. Chicago police said they believe the homicide was possibly gang related.

Separately, on March 6, River Forest police charged Diego Perez, 21, and Justin Gonzalez, 23, both of Chicago, each with two counts of burglary for two residential break-ins on Dec. 12, 2017, in the 800 and 1200 blocks of Monroe Street. Police said the two men forced open the rear doors of the residences and stole jewelry and electronics.

Both Perez and Gonzalez, who police say are self-admitted gang members, are in Cook County Jail awaiting an April court date.

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