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HIGHLAND — A homeowner saw a 17-year-old breaking in to his vehicle Sunday night, confronted the teen with a gun and held him down until officers arrived, police said.

A woman inside the home called Highland police about 10 p.m. as the man went outside to confront the teen in his driveway in the 8300 block of Liable Road, police Cmdr. John Banasiak said.

The homeowner displayed a gun toward the teen, who got out of the homeowner's car, threw down a knife and attempted to flee, police said. The homeowner grabbed the boy and held him down until officers arrived.

Police took the 17-year-old Highland boy into custody.

During their investigation, officers found a boombox in the boy's backpack, Banasiak said. Another neighbor identified the boombox as an item stolen from his garage, he said. 

The boy, whose identity was not released because of his age, was charged through Lake County Juvenile Court with felony burglary and misdemeanor counts of theft and possession of marijuana, Banasiak said.

Police are investigating whether the teen might be connected to other recent thefts from vehicles in the Region, he said.

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Public safety reporter

Sarah covers crime, federal courts and breaking news for The Times. She joined the paper in 2004 after graduating from Purdue University Calumet.