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updated: 7/13/2012 1:56 PM

After manhunt, Wood Dale burglary suspect surrenders

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  • Eugene Sanders

      Eugene Sanders

  • Nakia Tyler

      Nakia Tyler


After police conducted an exhaustive manhunt Wednesday for a suspect who fled a Wood Dale burglary, the man turned himself in Thursday night.

Eugene L. Sanders, 32, of Chicago, surrendered to Wheaton police peacefully, one day after his accomplice was jailed on $200,000 bail, authorities said Friday.

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Sanders and Nakia Tyler, 36, also of Chicago, are accused of breaking into a Wood Dale home Monday with plans to steal a bag of money they believed to be hidden inside an air vent, prosecutors said in court this week.

Police captured Tyler as he tried to flee, but Sanders took off in a green Chevy Malibu, which was involved in a rollover crash near downtown Lombard about 13 hours later, police said.

Accompanied by a helicopter and K-9 units, several police agencies spent hours Tuesday scouring a wooded residential area in Lombard where Sanders was last seen.

According to court records, the burglary took place at the George Street home of a felon with reputed gang ties who is awaiting trial in DuPage on gun-related charges.

Sanders' bail was set at $600,000 Friday, meaning he would have to post $60,000 to get out of jail. He faces charges of residential burglary, conspiracy, aggravated fleeing police and causing more than $300,000 in property damage. He also has been charged with more than 30 traffic offenses.

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