17-year-old charged in connection to Christopher burglary

Christopher police search for car burglary suspect on bicycle
(Source: Christopher PD)
(Source: Christopher PD)

CHRISTOPHER, IL (KFVS) - The Christopher Police Department says a 17-year-old boy has been charged in connection with reported vehicle burglaries between July 8 and July 9.

The teen was charged with three counts of burglary from a motor vehicle.

Police say more charges are pending.

According to police, the teen admitted to breaking into as many as 10 vehicles on the early morning of July 9, but at this time only three victims have reported it to them.

The teen's name is being withheld pending formal charges by the Franklin County State's Attorney.

According to Christopher Police Chief Bill Southerd, one person reported her neighbors garage being broken into around 4:30 a.m. on July 9. The neighbor yelled at the suspect and he ran.

Southerd said the suspect dropped a backpack at the scene with about $30 in change inside. Southerd said an officer responded to the home and the suspect returned, likely going to get his backpack. The officer used a stun gun on the man but he continued on foot and ran away.

The suspect was riding a distinctly colored bicycle that he left at the scene. The bicycle is an orange and blue colored Mongoose, with wide tires, and the writing "Hoop D" on it.

Southerd suggest that people lock their car doors all the time and bring any valuables inside their home. Southerd said its very rare that car windows are broken into because criminals don't want to bring attention to themselves.

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