ELBURN – Elburn police are conducting an internal investigation into how a 17-year-old boy escaped through a window inside the the police department Dec. 20 and was at large for five hours before being recaptured, according to a news release issued by Police Chief Nick Sikora Jan. 16.
The teen escaped while he was left alone in an unsecured area and the officer was out of the room, the release stated.
According to the release, the teen was at large from about 6 to 11 p.m. when police located him and brought him back to the police station.
According to the release, the teen initially was in police custody because he was discovered with stolen property.
The officer was working with the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office to get felony charges approved, the release stated.
After the teen was taken into custody again, he was transferred to the Kane County Juvenile Justice Center on three felony charges of burglary of a motor vehicle, possession of stolen property – a credit card – and escape, the release stated.
The circumstances leading up to the escape are the subject of an internal review and investigation, according to the release.
In earlier comments, Sikora had confirmed the incident occurred at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 22, but apparently that was incorrect, according to the news release.