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Police recover car; may be closing in on Antioch home invasion suspect
By Russell Lissau | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 9/9/201 3:13 PM | Updated: 9/9/2010 3:37 PM

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A car stolen in an Antioch-area home invasion has been recovered, police said Thursday, and authorities believe they are closing in on a suspect.

"We're hopeful that the recovery of the car will point us toward an offender in the very near future," Lake County sheriff's police spokesman Sgt. Chris Thompson said.

The 2008 Nissan Altima was stolen Wednesday morning by a knife-wielding intruder who robbed a family in their home on the 41600 block of North Pedersen Drive.

It was recovered Wednesday night in a residential area near Lake Shore Drive and Juniper Terrace in Round Lake Beach. An anonymous tip led police to the car.

The car was parked on a street and was not damaged, Thompson said.

The suspect in the home invasion appeared to be in his late teens, police said. He was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt with black checks, dark cargo pants and black sneakers. He also may have had a blue scarf over his face. police said.

The intruder kept a 63-year-old man, 49-year-old woman and a 14-year-old girl in the home for more than three hours while he searched the residence, police said. He stole several undisclosed items, then drove away in the Nissan.

Authorities are investigating whether the case is connected to any recent home invasions in the area. Last week, two intruders bound a Lake Villa resident and burglarized his home before stealing a car.