FREEPORT, Ill. (WTVO) — Two teen boys, aged 14 and 17, and an 18-year-old girl were caught by Freeport Police early Wednesday morning after allegedly wandering through neighborhoods, burglarizing cars.
Freeport Police say at 12:13 a.m. Wednesday, officers were called to the 1200 block of West Empire Street where a homeowner confronted three juveniles near a garage. Police say the suspects fled the scene.
At 12:40 a.m., police were called to the 900 block of West Cleveland Street for a report of three juveniles walking through residential yards.
A police officer on patrol in the area reported seeing three teens matching the suspects’ descriptions leaving the Cub Foods store at 1512 South West Avenue. Police say that when the teens saw the police car, they retreated back into the store.
Police say one suspect was caught near the entrance, and the other two were found in the men’s room.
In the trashcan in the restroom, police say they recovered a GPS device which was later found to have been taken from an unlocked vehicle parked on the 1200 block of South Benson Boulevard.
Police say that while the teens were in Cub Foods, they used the store’s “Coinstar” machine to exchange coins for paper bills.
The 14-year-old was charged with a curfew offense and was released to a parent. The other two were released, pending further investigation, police said.
Anyone who had loose change stolen from a vehicle overnight on November 5th is asked to call Freeport Police at 815-235-8222.
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