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13-Year-Old’s 3-Week Crime Spree Ends With Surrender In Chicago

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Chicago police arrest teen who went missing for three weeks after allegedly stealing cars. (credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Chicago police arrest teen who went missing for three weeks after allegedly stealing cars. (credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

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BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — A 13-year-old central Illinois boy is accused of stealing two vehicles and fleeing to Chicago, where he turned himself in after being missing for almost three weeks.

Prosecutors in McLean County say the Hudson teen was charged Tuesday with criminal trespass to vehicles and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. Authorities say he’s being held in the McLean County Juvenile Detention Center.

Authorities say the teen stole two vehicles from his grandparents. One was found in a ditch in central Illinois; the other was found in Chicago. Prosecutors say the weapons charge is related to a rifle and a shotgun owned by the child’s grandfather that were found in one vehicle.

The teen was reported missing Dec. 14 and was returned to Bloomington after he surrendered to Chicago police.

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