Suspect in custody after break-in at Manhattan gun shop

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Monday, August 1, 2016
Suspect in custody after break-in at Manhattan, ill gun shop
A suspect was taken into custody after a break-in at a gun shop in Manhattan, Ill.

MANHATTAN, Ill. (WLS) -- A suspect is in custody after a break-in at a gun shop in southwest suburban Manhattan, Ill. Monday morning, police said.

The owner of Gibbs Gun shop received an alert from his security system around 6 a.m. Monday. Manhattan police arrived within minutes and noticed a window in the shop was broken.

Police determined that a person was inside and set up a perimeter. Police ordered the suspect inside to surrender and after a few minutes, the suspect escaped out another window and fled.

After a brief foot chase, Will County deputies apprehended the suspect on Sharp Drive. The suspect was having difficulty breathing and was transported to Silver Cross Hospital to be checked out, police said.

Neighbors were stunned by what happened in their sleepy little town.

"It surprised me because Manhattan is such a quiet town," said Chris Ehrheart. "You hardly ever hear anything happening in town."

Charlene Surdey was frightened by the sight of armed officers pulling up her driveway.

"They put on their gear across the street and they had these black shields and they were heading down in front of the house," she said.

No one other than the suspect has been reported injured.

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