Police announced they have identified and arrested a second juvenile suspect wanted for burglarizing a gun store in Marengo, stealing a firearm and fleeing from officers.
The Marengo Police Department was alerted around 4:25 a.m. on May 13 for a suspicious persons call at Marengo Guns, 20014 East Grant Highway in Marengo.
Marengo Police Department Sgt. Andrew Kjellgren said officers were told that the suspicious subjects appeared to be hiding near the business.
Officers arrived and spotted two subjects standing near a broken front window of the business.
It was confirmed that forced entry had been made to the gun store and the suspects stole one gun, Kjellgren said. The stolen gun was later recovered.
The suspects fled on foot toward a nearby running vehicle, which was later determined to have been stolen, Kjellgren said.
The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, Woodstock Police Department and the Boone County Sheriff’s Office responded to assist with a perimeter and search.
One of the suspects, a 16-year-old boy, was located while attempting to leave the area around 5 a.m., Kjellgren said.
The police department received a report around 8:20 a.m. of a stolen vehicle from the 1000 block of East Grant Highway, which is the same area where the burglary occurred.
Kjellgren said it is believed that both incidents were related.
The 16-year-old suspect, whose name is not being released because he is a minor, was charged with burglary, criminal damage to property, unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of a stolen vehicle and unlawful use of a weapon.
The second suspect involved evaded capture and police said they were working to identify him.
The department released two surveillance images of the wanted suspect days after the incident.
Kjellgren said in an update Thursday that numerous agencies assisted in the investigation, which led to officers arresting the final suspect on Wednesday.
The 17-year-old boy was charged with burglary, possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a stolen vehicle, theft of stolen property, unlawful use of a weapon and criminal damage to property.
The Marengo Police Department said they were assisted by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, Woodstock Police Department, Boone County Sheriff’s Office, Roscoe Police Department, Rockford Police Department, Beloit, Wisconsin Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF).
Further information on the suspects was not released because they are juveniles.