December 18, 2014

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UPDATED: Teen suspected of trying to break into Elyria house

Elyria police officers arrest a teen suspected of breaking into a home in the 200 block of Harvard Avenue on Tuesday morning. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

Elyria police officers take into custody a teen suspected of breaking into a home in the 200 block of Harvard Avenue on Tuesday morning. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Police took a 16-year-old boy into custody Tuesday after neighbors said they saw the teen breaking into a house on their street.

The 16-year-old was charged with burglary about 11 a.m. Tuesday in the 200 block of Columbia Avenue after residents in the area told police they saw the boy enter a house through a window.

About 10:45 a.m., a woman told police she was in her house on Harvard Avenue when she saw the teenager in her neighbor’s back yard. The 16-year-old pulled a chair up to the window of her neighbor’s house and tried to crawl inside, she told police. He fell off the chair, but got back on it and on his second attempt, got through the window, said Elyria Police Capt. Chris Costantino.

The neighbor told her boyfriend what she saw and he caught up with the teenager outside the house, Costantino said.

The 16-year-old started running as soon as he was confronted. Neighbors called police.

“It’s great thing to see neighbors looking out for each other,” Costantino said.

The teenager was taken into custody shortly after the incident and taken to the Lorain County Detention Facility.