Evanston teen charged after homeowner interrupts burglary

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A 13-year-old Evanston boy was arrested after a resident in the north suburb caught him trying to burglarize their home, police said.

Officers responded to the 2300 block of Pioneer Road about 8:10 p.m., and found that the suspect ran away after the homeowner interrupted the burglary, according to an Evanston police statement.

The resident gave police a description of the suspect, and officers later saw a person matching that description bicycling away from the area with two other people, police said.

When police confronted him, he dropped his bike and ran away, police said. Officers arrested him in the 2100 block of Darrow Avenue after a brief foot chase.

After his arrest, authorities found he had two credit cards reported stolen in a Jan. 20 vehicle burglary in the 2200 block of Ashland Avenue, police said.

The 13-year-old Evanston resident is charged with residential burglary, criminal damage to property, unlawful possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of credit cards, police said.

His name is not being released because of his age, police said. He is being held at the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center.

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