Police nab burglary suspects; neighboring schools taken off lockdown

2013-11-06T16:10:00Z 2013-11-08T15:03:06Z Police nab burglary suspects; neighboring schools taken off lockdownJoyce Russell and Deborah Laverty Times Staff nwitimes.com
November 06, 2013 4:10 pm  • 

HOBART | A three-hour police manhunt ended shortly before 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, when the last of three suspects sought for questioning in a home burglary was captured, police said.

One was caught shortly after the burglary was reported late Wednesday morning in Hobart. A second was captured shortly after 2 p.m.

The three suspects, all men, were being taken taken back to the Hobart Police Department for questioning, Detective Sgt. David Evans said.

"We're still in the middle of the investigation," Evans said.

He said he couldn't provide any information about the suspects until after they were processed and questioned.

The manhunt, which started late Wednesday morning in the Lake Station/Hobart/New Chicago area, was sparked by a home burglary in the 3900 block of Barnes Street in Hobart.

No one was home at the time, but a neighbor called police after seeing something suspicious, Evans said.

The three suspects were seen leaving the house on foot.

Police from Hobart, Lake Station and New Chicago were involved in the search.

River Forest Sr./Jr. High School and Evans Elementary School in Lake Station and Ridgeview Elementary in Hobart were placed on lockdown, police said.

River Forest Assistant Superintendent Tom Cripliver said the Evans Elementary School principal called school leaders and said the Hobart Police Department requested the school be locked down about 11:30 a.m. because of reports of a burglary in progress.

"We have complied with the Hobart police directive to lock down Evans," Cripliver said. "Everyone in the school is safe. There are no threats to the school, students or staff. It was precautionary but we take these things very seriously.

"We will cooperate with law enforcement in this area. When the incident is taken care of, they will contact the school and let them know that it's OK to go off the lockdown."

Cripliver said there are about 260 students in kindergarten through fifth grade at Evans with a total staff of about 17, including 15 teachers.

Police officers were assigned to follow home the school buses as they left River Forest Schools as they were being sent home, Lake Station Police Chief Kevin Garber said.

The River Forest schools were released at their usual time Wednesday, Garber said.

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