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Car burglar caught due to alert citizen

Stephen T. Hood.  Phoprovided by Antioch Police Department

Stephen T. Hood. Photo provided by the Antioch Police Department

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Updated: November 2, 2013 6:14AM

A 20-year-old Antioch area man is scheduled to appear in court this month after he was caught burglarizing cars in Antioch’s Tiffany Farms subdivision after an alert citizen called police last week.

And the Antioch Police Department’s police dog Justice helped in locating a purse that had been taken in the burglaries.

“When you combine (the alert citizen) with the quick and effective response of our midnight shift officers, an offender is taken into custody, property is recovered and additional incidents are prevented,” said Antioch Police Chief Craig Somerville. “This is the essence of our neighborhood watch program,” he said.

On Wednesday night, Sept. 26, around 10:30 p.m., a citizen called to report that a male subject was burglarizing vehicles in the subdivision. Officers arrived on the scene and saw a suspect matching the description given by the citizen.

The suspect began to run and during the pursuit, he dropped a black bag, which police recovered and found to contain some missing items from the vehicles.

He also had some electronic equipment on his person.

Stephen Hood was charged with burglary to a motor vehicle, criminal trespass to property, obstructing a police officer and possession of alcohol by a minor, police said.

After canvassing the neighborhood, police learned a purse had been taken and was unaccounted for in the black bag.

The K-9 unit and Justice were brought to the scene and the police dog tracked the area and found the purse. All the items were returned to the owners.

Hood faces a Class 2 felony for burglary and could be sentenced from three to 10 years in jail and fined $25,000.

His bond was set at $50,000 and he is scheduled to appear in Lake County Circuit Court Oct. 22.

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