Three boys, between 8 and 10 years old, were forced into breaking into an apartment and car in Evanston as part of a suspected burglary ring, police said.
Evanston Police said they caught the boys last month while investigating break-ins on the 100 block of Clyde Avenue. The boys broke into a vehicle using a key that was stolen from the owner's home the day before, police said.
The boys told officers that two teenage boys forced them to perform the burglaries, saying the teens helped them through windows and even acted as lookouts. They said the teens approached them a day earlier and threatened them.
One of the teens was arrested and charged with residential burglary, police said, and the other resmains at large.