WOODSTOCK – Schools were put on soft lockdown Wednesday as Woodstock police searched for a man they say was one of three involved in a residential burglary Wednesday morning, police said.
Chief Robert Lowen described the suspect as a black man who is 6 feet tall with a thin build and dreadlocks wearing a gray sweatshirt. The man fled on foot from the crime scene, Lowen said.
He said two other men were taken into police custody shortly after police were called to the area of Oakwood and Laurel avenues about 9:35 a.m. Wednesday for a report of three males breaking into a home.
Police located a vehicle they believe was used by the three suspects about a block from the crime scene, Lowen said.
Woodstock Community School District 200 placed all of its buildings on lockdown Wednesday morning at the request of the Woodstock Police Department, a school official said.
School District 200 Superintendent Mike Moan sent the following email to parents Wednesday morning:
“As a safety precaution the Woodstock Police Department has requested that we place our school buildings on lockdown. Students will not be allowed outside of the building until further notice. We will send out a notification when the lockdown is over,” the statement said.
About 1:30 p.m., the lockdown was lifted, according to a later email sent to District 200 parents.
A Ruger handgun that was taken from the residence was found on the path where the suspects fled, Woodstock Police Detective Sgt. Jeffery Parsons said.
Parsons said police have recovered all weapons that were supposed to have been at the residence.
“Whether [the suspects] were armed prior to their arrival there, we don’t know,” Parsons said.
Lowen said the two men who were taken into custody were not armed.
No one was home at the time of the burglary, Lowen said.
Police searched other unoccupied homes in the area, Lowen said. About 15 police officers, some using K-9s, were in the area of Laurel Avenue searching and taking photos.