Police: 5 charged in failed car theft admitted other crimes

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — Suburban Chicago authorities say five teenagers charged with murder after an alleged attempt at car theft ended with a sixth teen fatally shot admitted they were out to commit burglaries.

Lake County officials say the teenagers allegedly involved in the incident early Tuesday in Old Mill Creek led police on a 50-mile chase to Chicago after a 75-year-old man fatally shot a 14-year-old outside his home. The man, a licensed gun owner, has not been charged with any violations or crimes.

Lake County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Sgt. Christopher Covelli said Wednesday that interviews with the defendants indicated they have previously stolen vehicles. Covelli says sheriff investigators found the teens drove to Old Mill Creek in a stolen SUV to commit a burglary.

The teens are charged as adults, even though four of the five are younger than 18.

Associated Press

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