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Police: Teens forced boys as young as 8 to commit break-ins

Two teenagers forced a group of boys, some as young as 8, to break into an apartment building and car last month in north suburban Evanston, according to police.

Police responded about 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 14 to the 100 block of Clyde Avenue in Evanston for a vehicle break-in and arrested three boys between 8 and 10 years old, a report from Evanston police said.

The vehicle’s owner said the kids entered the vehicle using a key that was stolen from her residence the day before, along with a watch, an iPod and a TV.

The children told detectives two 16-year-old boys had approached them the day before near Damen Avenue and Howard Street in Chicago, and threatened them into breaking into the apartment and using the stolen key to get more items from the car, Evanston police said.

Detectives identified the teenagers and learned they helped the boys through a window and acted as lookouts during the burglaries, police said.

Police arrested one of the teens and charged him with residential burglary. He has been released into the custody of a parent or guardian, police said.

The identity of the other teen is known, but he has not yet been located.

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