Vernon Hills man charged with attempted burglary in Long Grove

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Erik Mota | Lake County sheriff’s office

A north suburban man has been charged with trying to break into a home early Thursday in northwest suburban Long Grove.

Officers were called to the house in the 3000 block of Country Lane Road in Long Grove about 4 a.m. for reports of a burglary in progress, according to a statement from the Lake County sheriff’s office. The homeowner and his family were asleep when he woke up to find 28-year-old Erik G. Mota trying to break in.

The homeowner got a pistol from inside the house and fired it at Mota, who then ran away and drove off in a vehicle that was parked nearby, the sheriff’s office said. A short time later, Vernon Hills police officers were called about a suspicious vehicle in the 800 block of Westmoreland Drive in Vernon Hills, where they discovered Mota changing a flat tire.

Mota, who lives in that block, was identified as a suspect in the Long Grove burglary attempt and taken into custody, the sheriff’s office said. He was charged with a felony count of attempted residential burglary and two felony counts of burglary to a motor vehicle.

He is being held at the Lake County Jail on $5,000 bail and is due back in court Nov. 16, according to the sheriff’s office.

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