Evanston police say two 16-year-olds forced three boys between 8 and 10 years old to break into an apartment in Evanston.

A police spokesman says the burglary ring first came to light when police found the three kids in a car in the 100 block of Clyde Avenue about 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 14. They’d entered the car using a key stolen in a breakin at the car owner’s aparment the day before, in which a watch, and iPod and a television set were also taken.

Investigators say the three, all Chicago residents, told them that while in the area of Howard Street and Damen Avenue in Chicago they day of the burglary they’d been approached by two 16-year-old males who threatened them with bodily harm, forced them to commit the apartment burglary and then told them the next day to use the stolen car key to gain entry to the vehicle in an attempt to steal more items.

In interviews, investigators were able to determine the identities of the two 16 year olds, both residents of Chicago, and learned that, not only did they intimidate the juveniles into committing the burglary, but they also participated by standing lookout and assisting one of the children with climbing through a window.

The three children have have been released into the custody of their parents or guardians.

One 16 year old was taken into custody Aug. 22 and charged with residential burglary. The other 16 year old’s identity is known and he is being sought by police.

Investigators are working with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office to petition both 16 year olds to court. And police say they believe the two may be responsible for committing other recent burglaries in Evanston.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. 3 between 8 and 10

    This is serious! These 3 are babies! …."Investigators are working with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office to petition both 16 year olds to court." …..and that they should!

  2. Another reason to revise handling juviniles

    For too long older kids and adults have been able to get younger kids—by force, bribes, sharing in the loot—to commit crimes since the courts will not reveal their names and give short sentences and as I understand sentences cannot last beyond when they turn 21.

    Names need to be published and sentences made the same as 'adults.'

    Certainly through out history kids have committed crimes but today with easy transportation and guns available, more and more children seem to think they can get away with anything—maybe TV and violent games make them think it is 'not real' and no one really gets hurt.

  3. Where are the parents?

    Where are the parents?  Are they going to be held accountable?  What supervision are they providing?

  4. Where were these parents

    Where were these parents of the 8 to 10 year olds, how were they able to be out of their parents sight long enuff to do this. I have an 8 year old niece and my sister knows where she is at all times, she doesn't get to roam the streets by her self and neither does my 10 year old nephew. I blame their parents!!!!

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