Evanston police say a 15-year-old Chicago youth has been charged with burglary after allegedly being caught in the act Tuesday afternoon in Evanston.

Cmdr. Jay Parrott says tactical unit officers, continuing a burglary patrol that led to the arrest of an Evanston man last week, observed a suspicious person in the area of Kirk Street and Wesley Avenue in south Evanston about 1:20 p.m. Tuesday.

The officers, dressed in civilian clothes, observed the subject trying to gain entry into a home in the 1400 block of Kirk Street. Police say the youth entered an enclosed porch, used a tool to cut a hole in a screen, and then removed the screen from a window of the home.

Parrott says the subject then suddenly became alarmed and started to run off on foot, but was captured by the officers.

Police say an investigation determined that in addition to the attempted break in on Kirk Street, the same youth also committeed a burglary in the 1200 block of Mulford Street earlier on Tuesday.

He’s now been charged with two counts of burglary. Police also believe his arrest has cleared an attempted burglary Tuesday in the 1200 block of Austin Street and a burglary on Monday in the 1800 block of Brummel Street.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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