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Portage Park Catholic School Broken Into, But Nothing Stolen: Police

By Alex Nitkin | August 18, 2017 2:32pm
 Two youths were caught breaking into the St. Mary of Providence boarding school, 4200 N. Austin Ave. on Thursday afternoon.
Two youths were caught breaking into the St. Mary of Providence boarding school, 4200 N. Austin Ave. on Thursday afternoon.
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CHICAGO — Two burglars remain at large after they broke into a Catholic boarding school for women with developmental disabilities in Portage Park on Thursday afternoon, police said.

Around 12:50 p.m., staffers at St. Mary of Providence, 4200 N. Austin Ave., caught two teenagers with backpacks trying to steal property from the school, according to police.

The staffers "interrupted" the youths — a boy and a girl — while they were trying to steal a computer, according to maintenance director Dave Uhle.

"When asked what they were doing, they said they were moving supplies," Uhle said on Friday. "Then they just ran out the back door."

The would-be thieves appeared to have wandered into the building through its rear entrance on McVicker Avenue, Uhle said.

"We thought it was kind of gutsy for them just walk in, in the middle of the day, and try and steal something," he added.

The school will take extra precautions to make sure no one gets through the back door undetected, Uhle said.

No one was in custody on Friday, police said.