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Elgin police officer finds burglary suspect in his own home

Ryan Hukill arrested by an Elgpatrol officer when he stopped home for lunch while patrol observed Hukill burglarizing his home.

Ryan Hukill, arrested by an Elgin patrol officer when he stopped home for lunch while on patrol and observed Hukill burglarizing his home.

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Updated: January 4, 2013 1:01AM

An Elgin cop returning home for a dinner break Wednesday night allegedly caught a neighbor trying to rob his condominium, officials said.

Ryan J. Hukill, 21, was charged with one felony count of burglary. In bond court Thursday, a judge set his bail at $75,000.

The officer noticed that a light on and a screen was missing from a window of his Elgin condo. Then he saw a man in a bedroom window of the condo, the officer reported.

The intruder saw the officer shining a flashlight into the bedroom and tried to run out of the building through the front door. The officer grabbed him and took him into custody, police said.

The suspect had forced open a window and used a crowbar to pry open a bedroom door, police said. He’s accused of stealing a pair of handcuffs from the apartment, officials said. He apparently had tried to pry open the officer’s gun safe, officials said.

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