A 15-year-old has been arrested in connection with motor vehicle burglaries in Mokena and New Lenox, police said.
The teen was arrested by Chicago police on Wednesday and taken to the River Valley Juvenile Detention Center in Joliet, according to a New Lenox police news release. He faces charges of possession of a stolen motor vehicle, burglary and residential burglary, police said.
About 10:30 a.m. on April 29, the teen entered an open garage at a residence in New Lenox and stole a Subaru SUV, which had the key fob inside, police said.
The SUV was recovered several hours later in Dolton, police said.
Then, about 12:30 p.m. on May 22, the teen, who was wearing a red Ohio State sweatshirt, exited a black Hyundai Santa Fe and entered the garage of a residence in the 9900 block of Giles Drive in Mokena, police said.
He entered an unlocked vehicle that was inside the garage, police said.
New Lenox police investigators and evidence technicians examined the stolen Subaru SUV and gathered enough evidence to have the teen charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle, police said.
Mokena police worked with New Lenox and Chicago police to investigate the Giles Drive burglary and other incidents, police said.
Mokena police warned in a news release that there are still other car burglary and car theft crews operating in the south suburbs, and residents should contact the police immediately if they see a suspicious person or activity.
“Do not confront or follow these individuals,” Mokena police said.