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Man arrested after allegedly burglarizing Fox Lake bar, running from police

James M. Kennebeck, 29, of McHenry.

A McHenry man is accused of breaking into the Route 12 Bar and Grill in Fox Lake on Friday and taking several bottles of alcohol before running from police.

James M. Kennebeck, 29, of the 400 block of Rand Drive in McHenry, was charged with burglary, possession of burglary tools, resisting a peace officer, criminal damage to property and theft.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office responded at 4:10 a.m. Friday to a call of a burglar alarm at the Route 12 Bar and Grill, 37450 North Route 12 in Fox Lake.

Sheriff’s deputies arrived and began checking the outside of the business. One of the sheriff’s deputies found a closed door that had fresh pry marks on the door, indicating someone had forced entry to the business.

“The sheriff’s deputy called for additional units and believed a burglar was inside the building,” Lake County Sheriff Sgt. Christopher Covelli said. As the additional units were responding, Kennebeck exited the business.

“The deputy ordered Kennebeck to stop, but Kennebeck refused and fled on foot. The sheriff’s deputy apprehended Kennebeck after a brief foot-chase,” Covelli said.

Police found Kennebeck in possession of several bottles of alcohol that were stolen from the bar. One of the bottles hidden in his pants shattered and cut him on the leg while he was running from police, Covelli said.

He was evaluated by paramedics and released into the custody of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. Kennebeck also had an active failure to appear arrest warrant for driving under the influence of alcohol out of McHenry County.

Kennebeck remains held in the Lake County Jail on a $40,000 bond.


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