LAKEMOOR – A juvenile is facing charges in connection with dozens of burglaries and auto thefts in several towns.
Lakemoor police said they were responding to a well-being check after someone called in a complaint about the juvenile in the 500 block of Summer Boulevard, Lakemoor police officer Kevin Lyons said.
Police found the juvenile hiding in a closet about 5:30 p.m. Monday at the residence.
The juvenile admitted to 14 vehicle burglaries in Lakemoor and involvement in an auto theft and chase Sept. 12, which ended in a crash at Route 12 and Molidor Road in Volo, police said.
Lyons said the juvenile also admitted to more than 20 vehicle burglaries and five auto thefts in multiple jurisdictions.
The juvenile is being held at the Robert W. Depke Juvenile Complex Center in Vernon Hills.
Lyons said the crimes serve as a reminder to lock cars because the juvenile did not break into any cars, but only opened doors to unlocked vehicles. Money was the most common item taken in the vehicle burglaries, Lyon said.
On Sept. 12, the juvenile crashed a stolen vehicle into a semitrailer from the Volo area and fled the scene. The car was left unlocked with the keys inside, allowing the juvenile to break in.
Lake County Sheriff’s deputies on patrol noticed that the 2013 Nissan Altima was reported stolen from a Volo residence Sept. 5, and they tried to stop the driver near the area of Four Seasons Boulevard and West Sullivan Lake Road in Lakemoor, Lake County Sheriff’s Sgt. Christopher Covelli said.
The driver of the Nissan refused to stop, and a deputy eventually abandoned his efforts to pull over the car, Covelli said.
“Due to the driver’s refusal to pull over and the risk to other motorists, the sheriff’s deputy discontinued his attempt to stop the stolen vehicle,” a news release from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office stated.
Less than a minute later, the same deputy observed a collision between the Nissan Altima and a semitrailer at the intersection of Route 12 and West Molidor Road in Volo.
Covelli said a preliminary investigation showed that the truck was traveling north through a green light on Route 12 when the eastbound Nissan disobeyed a red light and collided with it. Witnesses said they then saw the driver of the Nissan run south from the scene of the incident through a wooded area.
At that point, additional Lake County Sheriff’s deputies established a perimeter to try to locate the suspect, and K-9 units from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, McHenry County Sheriff’s Office and Palatine Police Department were brought to the scene.
Police were able to track the suspect south, but they lost the suspect a quarter- to a half-mile south of the scene of the crash, Covelli said. Police searched for the suspect for about three hours.