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Search for burglary suspect prompts lockdown at Grayslake North

Updated: May 16, 2013 6:21AM

Grayslake North High School was on a soft lockdown last Friday afternoon for less than an hour after police corralled a burglar in a house in a nearby neighborhood.

Denise Kindle, assistant superintendent for personnel for the Grayslake high school district, said the soft lockdown, which doesn’t allow anyone in or out of the building, started around 1:15 p.m., and ended at 2 p.m. after school officials were called by police.

“They were searching for suspects,” she said, then said it could be just one. “Police gave us the all clear after they arrested the person or persons.”

Grayslake Police Department Sgt. Guy Fiach said police had a burglary call and an officer noticed some suspicious activity at a nearby house in the neighborhood near Route 83 and Shorewood Drive. Grayslake North High School is at 1925 N. Route 83.

He said police set up a perimeter around the neighborhood, surrounded the house and then went in and found the suspect hiding. They will seek to have him charged with two burglaries, but police were still meeting with the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office on the case late Friday.

“He was in the neighborhood and we had a suspicion he was in another house. We did the lock down as a precaution,” said Fiach.

Round Lake Beach Police Department also sent officers to the scene to assist.

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