18-year-old calls 911 from closet during burglary

December 21, 2011 5:09:15 AM PST
A teenager called Wilmette police from his bedroom closet during a burglary, which led to the arrest of an Evanston man in a string of burglaries.

Police say the 18-year old called 911 when he overheard footsteps and then voices in the master bedroom of his home in the 900-block of Oakwood Avenue on Friday. He opened the door, thinking it was his brother, spotted the burglars, and quietly closed it. He then hid in the closet in his own bedroom, which is adjacent to the master, where he spoke with police.

Authorities responded to the burglary in progress and arrested Creed McGee, 46, of Evanston, near the home. A second offender got away. They said McGee had items belonging to the homeowner, including jewelry.

Authorities say McGee may be tied to a rash of burglaries in the village in recent weeks, including one in the 100-block of 16th street, the 1200-block of Ashland Avenue, the 1800-block of Elmwood Avenue and the 700-block of Laurel Avenue, as well as the 200-block of Wood Court. Two homes were targeted on the 200-block of Beechwood Avenue in Wilmette, as well.

Wilmette police say they believe more than one burglary crew is active in the village, and they will have additional patrols on the street during the evening hours.

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