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11-year-old Rockford boy charged with burglary

By Jim Hagerty

ROCKFORD – An 11-year-old Rockford boy was jailed Monday after police say he and another juvenile broke into a auto parts store.

Police responded to an alarm at State Line Auto Parts, 1000 Lee St., just after 9 p.m. Two juveniles were being watched remotely through the business’s security cameras. When officers arrived, they set up a perimeter and advised the suspects to leave the property. Neither complied.

The 11-year-old was taken into custody. Officers were unable to locate the second suspect, who is in his early to mid-teens.

As officers inspected the property, they found numerous vehicles had doors or hatches open,
and each glove box had been gone through. A pop machine near a door to the building was also damaged.

The 11-year-old has been charged with four counts of burglary and two counts of criminal damage to property.

Investigators are looking into the possibility that Monday night’s break-in is related to the burglary at the same location on Sunday, July 8. In that incident, a 17-year-old and 12-year-old were  after allegedly breaking into the business and damaging several cars. R.

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