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Bill Jones, Editor
9:14 am CST December 17, 2018

Police who were looking for two alleged carjackers in Orland Park the morning of Monday, Dec. 17 — and said one may be armed — announced around 9:15 a.m. that the area was thought to be clear.

Orland Park police officers were in the area of 153rd Street and Hilltop Drive, searching for two teenage males, according to a post to the department’s Facebook page around 7 a.m. One may be armed, police said.

The teenagers reportedly were involved in a carjacking in Matteson that turned into a police pursuit, leading to the arrest of one individual, but the other two fled the area, according to the post.

But the second post from the department noted that that the Orland Park Police Department and other agencies conducted “an extensive search of the area” and had reason to believe — when paired with other information gathered through the investigation — that the teens were no longer there.

Orland Park are still reportedly working with other departments to investigate the incident, according to the update. Those with further information were asked to contact police immediately at 911.

A post to Sandburg High School’s website also noted police called a Code Red in relation to the carjacking, saying police had a perimeter set up and extra officers were on the road for the school’s protection. Zero hour buses already were on the road when the school received notification, and students were to be brought directly to the school.

Parents may choose to drive their students, but those who do not attend classes with be excused with a parent’s call. Regular bus routes were slated to run as usual, according to the post.

According to Jen Obright, Orland School District 135 director of communications, High Point, Orland Jr. High, and Park schools were put on secure campus protocol, meaning only students, staff and emergency personnel were allowed to enter the building, and students were not able to leave the morning of Monday. Dec. 17. Following the all-clear message from police, D135 schools were resuming normal operating procedures, Obright said.