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Easter 'Prowler' Looking for Lost Dog

Barrington Police Chief John LaCross provides update to the report that a 'prowler' was scared off the porch of a County Road home on Easter Sunday.

As it turns out, the so-called Easter "prowler" at a home on County Road in Barrington was simply looking for his dog.

Barrington Police Chief John LaCross provided an update to the story early Tuesday morning.

"A follow-up to the (incident report) revealed that it was two neighbors who were looking for their lose dogs," LaCross said. "The neighbor saw the dog on the porch and when he went to get him, the dog took off.  

"At that time, the County Road resident came to the door and saw only a man running away off his porch, not knowing that he was trying to catch his pet dog," the police chief said.

The initial police report indicated that the homeowner saw a white male walk up onto the porch shortly before a porch light was turned on. The man then ran off the porch.

The homeowners told police they saw the man walk across a side yard and through the back yard to get to the back porch. He was described as about 5-9 and wearing a white T-shirt and jeans. 

Four patrol officers immediately responded and conducted a search of the County Road area near the Riverside border and around Williams Street. The homeowners said the man ran off toward Williams Street, south of their home.

The police officers also searched streets as far south of County Road as Haines Park Road, LaCross said, but they spotted no one fitting that description.

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