Three teenage boys have been arrested in connection with a burglary reported last month at Maine East High School in Park Ridge.
Park Ridge Deputy Police Chief Lou Jogmen said three 17-year-olds are accused of gaining entry to a locked classroom and stealing eight iMac computers, a theft that was discovered by school staff on Sept. 30. A set of keys that would have unlocked the room were also discovered missing, Jogmen said.
Detectives identified the teens as suspects while investigating a separate incident involving a suspicious vehicle reported on the 1800 block of Parkside Drive during the early morning hours of Sept. 28. Jogmen said a witness reported seeing occupants of a vehicle dumping items from their car into a dumpster on the block. Police found a number of items related to Maine East inside the dumpster, though none were reportedly of any monetary value.
Jogmen said the witness obtained a license plate of the vehicle that was seen and, in questioning the owner of the car, police were able to identify the suspects in the school burglary.
Two of the 17-year-olds, both Niles residents, were charged with burglary and a third, identified as a resident of unincorporated Maine Township, was charged with theft. All three were charged as adults and one of the Niles teens remained in custody in Cook County Jail this week.
One of the suspects has been identified as a current Maine East student, Jogmen said.