Possibly Armed Burglar Flees Scene on Foot

Police continue to search for the offender after responding to reported burglary in the 3000 block of Parkside.

Update: Police have apprehended a suspect in Thursday's early-morning burglary.

A Lake Forest officer assisting the Highland Park police located a person fitting the description of the offender in the area of Half-Day Road and Ridge Road, according to Highland Park Deputy Police Chief Dave Schwarz.

Officers found a long gun lying along the roadway a short distance away in the 1500 block of Half-Day Road.

Earlier: Police officers from Highland Park, Highwood and Lake Forest are looking for an possibly armed burglar who broke into a home in the 3000 block of Parkside early Thursday morning. 

The offender, who has been described as a male wearing a dark hoodie and dark pants (possibly jeans), was spotted in a Highland Park home at 7:22 a.m. by the homeowners. They believe he might have been carrying a rifle, according to Deputy Police Chief Dave Schwarz. The offender fled on foot, and was last seen heading north towards the park area. It's unknown whether or not he took anything.

"Once he saw the owners, he ran," Schwarz told Patch.

The police department put out a reverse 911 to inform residents of the break in. Most of the department's current shift are on the lookout for the offender, in addition to units from Highwood, Lake Forest and a canine from North Chicago.

"We have a perimeter set up to limit his movements," Schwarz said. "We're hoping that something may turn up shortly."

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Lenny August 02, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Not to scare everyone, but RUMOR has it that the teenage son in this house was dealing drugs to "inner city" folks. This is not a random target.
Jacob Nelson (Editor) August 02, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Where did you hear that? The police said early morning break-ins were unusual but didn't mention anything about the circumstances. Email me at jacob@patch.com if you have additional info.
Connie August 02, 2012 at 04:02 PM
I'm more scared if it would be random.
David Greenberg August 02, 2012 at 04:27 PM
I wonder if this criminal registered his firearm in compliance with City Ordinance? Kudos to the Police for catching this criminal, but I have to wonder why the criminals get de facto concealed carry and the law-abiding are denied it.
Bryce Robertson August 02, 2012 at 04:38 PM
First off, they haven't caught him yet. Secondly, I'm not about to get into a gun control debate on here, especially on this article, but maybe - just maybe - if we made it a little tougher to buy a gun (registration, anyone?), we might have a) more support for legal gun use and b) fewer criminals playing gunman on the street. Check out this excellent article re: Fast and Furious - this is the real problem we have at hand. There's no way to stop guns from getting in the hands of criminals. Yes, I've heard the "guns don't kill people, people kill people" argument - but guns are the enabler. You can't injure 50 and kill 12 in a movie theater with a knife. http://features.blogs.fortune.cnn.com/2012/06/27/fast-and-furious-truth/
RRR August 02, 2012 at 04:41 PM
17 year old was apprehended, got a call from the robot in the police department. He did have a gun. This is so sad, what 17 year old needs to be doing this for any reason. His life is probably over now.
Bryce Robertson August 02, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Quick work!
David Greenberg August 02, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Registration is a precursor to confiscation. This has been proven throughout history. Oh, and we do have registration here in Highland Park - that's why I wonder if this criminal was in compliance with our inane registration ordinance. But that said, criminals don't comply with laws - that's why they essentially have de facto concealed carry here in Illinois, while the rest of the law-abiding citizens go unarmed. The criminals know that, and exploit that fact for their advantage. You may wish to read John Lott's book (U of Chicago researcher) - "More Guns, Less Crime" - he does a very detailed analysis of concealed carry laws all across the country. Remember, when seconds count, the Police are only minutes away. And further, they have no duty to respond to an individual (US Sup Ct.).
David Greenberg August 02, 2012 at 04:51 PM
re: Fast and Furious - the imbeciles that run the BATFE told the gun shop owners to sell the guns to the criminals (even after the gun shop owners raised the issue with the BATFE). The BATFE said "go ahead, make the sale. We have an operation going on. We're watching the guns." Normally you'd expect a "sting" operation to be the cop selling to the criminal, the criminal taking possession/paying, and the criminal being arrested. But the brain trust at the BATFE decided to sell to the criminals, and let the criminals leave with the weapons so they could watch where they walked.... oops... they lost track. A Border Patrol officer died because of what the BATFE did. The BATFE/DOJ/Atty. General then tried to cover it up. Congress investigates. Coverup continues. Atty General found in contempt of Congress. So the GOVERNMENT gave the guns to the criminals. Even if they didn't, the criminals will steal them, get them from other overseas sources, etc. Disarming the law-abiding won't do a thing to stop criminals from getting firearms, or whatever weapon they want to.
Joe Seymour August 02, 2012 at 09:14 PM
First, ATA-BOY to the HP and other PD's involved in apprehending this person. As for the discussion on gun control, I have an interesting theory. What would happen if it were made very difficult to purchase ammunition. Now hear me out. If it was required to have a waiting period each time, what would that do? It is more difficult to make ammunition than it is to make a device to fire it. If you need to be registered and licensed to purchase ammo, or the components to make it, like firing caps, casing, powder, would that make it more difficult for criminals. This is just a theory I have been tossing around in my circle. I would like to hear any comments about it.
Jacob Nelson (Editor) August 02, 2012 at 09:18 PM
You know, I think Chris Rock has a bit about that... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OuX-nFmL0II It's Chris Rock, so if profanity is something that bothers you steer clear.
harry August 03, 2012 at 12:19 AM
hPPD good work. Bryce you didn't want to get into the gun control Debate but u got right up on our soapbox. You should know what ur talking about before you comment. In Illinois you first need to apply for an FOID (ID card) with the state police to buy a gun. They do a Background Check and a few weeks later you get card in the mail. Then u walk into a gun store and pick out a a gun. After that you fill out more paperwork than when you buy a house. The gun store then calls the ATF or state police and does another check. Several days later you can come pickup your gun. Which is registered with the ATF forever. if you sell thegun you must keep records forever. All in all it takes about two or three months to buy a first gun in Illinois. Then if u live in HP u also have to register it with them. Is that to easy?
David Greenberg August 03, 2012 at 04:44 AM
Recording and restricting ammunition sales was tried, had zero impact on reducing crime, and the BATFE eventually recommended to Congress that the requirement be dropped - this was circa 1986 if I recall correctly. As for being licensed and registered to purchase ammo - it's only going to adversely affect the law abiding citizens of the land. It's not going to do a thing to thwart a criminal from obtaining it if and when they desire. Also, you make an implicit assumption that if a criminal can't get ammo, they won't commit a crime - nothing could be further from the truth - criminals will find a way and will just use a different weapon like an axe, knife, or something improvised. As for it being more difficult to make ammunition - it might be out the realm of the average person, but don't forget about persons who reload their own ammo. And don't neglect the coming wave of inexpensive 3D printers.
David Greenberg August 03, 2012 at 04:47 AM
Actually it's not registered with the ATF forever. I believe that those instant background check results are destroyed after 24-48 hours. The paperwork at the gun store has to be kept for 7 -10 years (I've forgotten the exact amount), and if you privately transfer a firearm to someone - you have to keep a record of it for 10 years - you get their name, address, FOID card number, and serial number/make/model of the firearm.


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