Police: Fleeing auto burglary suspect found walking along train tracks

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The main entrance to the Elmhurst Police Station is seen. (Elmhurst Titan file photo)

ELMHURST – A bit of persistence appears to have paid off for the Elmhurst Police Department early Tuesday morning.

As a result, Demetrius C. Orr, 18, of Villa Park, is in custody, accused of burglarizing a vehicle.

According to a news release posted to the department’s Facebook page, a 911 call came in at about 2 a.m.Tuesday from a resident who claimed to have seen a man pulling on car door handles near the intersection of Berkley and Elm Park Avenue, just north of York High School and west of Elmhurst College.

Soon after, an officer noticed that a vehicle in the 100 block of South Berkley looked like its contents had been disturbed, the release states. The officer contacted the owner of the vehicle, who confirmed that a burglary had taken place.

As officers searched the area, a suspect was seen fleeing on foot. But after about an hour of searching, police say they found him walking along railroad tracks near West Avenue and arrested him.

Police say that some items recovered during the investigation are not yet tied to any known burglary, and they encourage residents to come forward if they previously did not report a burglary.

“As always, residents are strongly encouraged to remove valuables from their parked cars and keep their unattended vehicles locked to prevent theft,” the release states.

Orr was charged with burglary to a motor vehicle and taken to the DuPage County Jail for a bond hearing.

Anyone arrested and charged with a crime in Illinois is innocent until proven guilty. Arrest reports are a matter of public record. If you are charged with a crime and later found not guilty, or if the charges are dismissed, contact The Elmhurst Titan at dlemery@elmhurst-titan.com, and any stories about your arrest will be updated to reflect the resolution of your case.