Updated: October 14, 2012 1:38PM
Police: Teens forced boys as young as 8 to commit crimes in Evanston
EVANSTON — 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. 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.
Motorist, 77, cited in fatal Evanston crash
EVANSTON — A 77-year-old Evanston motorist has been ticketed for fatally striking a man crossing a street Saturday night.
Evanston police were notified about 10:20 p.m. Saturday of a vehicle that struck a pedestrian at Grant Street and Crawford Avenue, according to a news release from Evanston police.
The pedestrian — identified by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office as 66-year-old Steven Vladem of the 1700 block of Maple Avenue in Evanston — was crossing Crawford Avenue when the vehicle struck him, authorities said.
The accident was not a hit-and-run, police said. The 77-year-old motorist was ticketed for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and failure to yield to a pedestrian, police said Wednesday.
Skokie paramedics took Vladem in critical condition by to Evanston/North Shore University Hospital, where he died 8:07 a.m. Sunday, the release said.
A Monday autopsy confirmed he died of multiple injuries from the crash and ruled his death an accident. ~>~.