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Weapons Stolen from Police Shooting Range

Weapons Stolen from Police Shooting Range

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Chicago Sun Times via YellowBrix

May 12, 2010

CHICAGO – Nearly two dozen weapons, including high-powered assault rifles, were stolen from a shooting range belonging to south suburban Harvey police, prompting a statewide alert this week.

At least 21 weapons, which included handguns, MP5 and AR-15 assault rifles, were reported stolen from a trailer on the semi-wooded property of the shooting range at 153rd Street and Campbell Avenue about 9 a.m. Monday, according to Harvey police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Special Agent Tom Ahern, an ATF spokesman, said his agency was working with the Illinois State Police to determine exactly how the weapons were removed and to trace their histories.

Ahern did not know if the stolen assault weapons were equipped to be fully automatic. He said several weapons were left behind after the theft.

News of the theft prompted state police to issue a statewide “terrorism report,” notifying all local municipalities about the missing weapons, according to a Harvey news release.

By Tuesday evening, mere hours after Cook County sheriff’s officials agreed to join the probe on the sole condition that their investigation be independent of Harvey police’s, sheriff’s officials had pulled out of the investigation, claiming that Harvey officials weren’t cooperating, a spokesman said.

Sheriff Tom Dart has been critical of Harvey’s internal operations and his department was part of a task force that raided Harvey’s police station in January 2007, seizing evidence from unsolved crimes. Investigators from state police and the state’s attorney’s office subsequently filed murder and attempted murder charges using the seized evidence.

Law enforcement sources said the shooting range wasn’t a secure facility and isn’t equipped for storing weapons.

The Harvey Police Department has been embroiled in controversy regarding weapons in the past.

Last August, Hollis Dorrough, a former Harvey detective, was convicted of taking a handgun from police custody and returning it to the family of the felon arrested for having it, in exchange for cash.

The case, coupled with Harvey’s high homicide rate, led to calls for a state police takeover of the crime-ridden suburb, but Mayor Eric Kellogg called instead for a new policy on how weapons were inventoried.

Tribune reporter Kristen Schorsch and freelance reporter Marjorie Ritchie contributed.

  • Car6_max50


    about 4 years ago


    What a mess!

  • Dscn0118_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Maybe some corrupt officers wanted a couple of guns to take home, but didn't want to have to pay for them? Is the whole PD corrupt? Is that part of the application? Question 24. Are you willing to withold/return evidence to the family of the convicted? It is the few officers like these that give the rest of the upstanding and respectable men and women in law enforcement a bad name.

  • Idf_soldier_and_kittyimage2_max50


    over 4 years ago


    "Inside Job" as the civilians say.

  • Derrick_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Harvey what else can be said other than corrupt. The state need to disband the police force and start anew. Storing weapons off site from the police station and in a trailer without a security watch, what kind of department are they running in Harvey. The Mayor needs to be kick out of office.

  • Carbine_2__2__max50


    over 4 years ago


    Being from the Chicago area I can tell you Harvey has a bad reputation for dirty politics and very high crime. I wouldn't be surprised to find out this was an inside job. Either way, storing firearms in a "trailer" in an unsecured location sounds like a piss poor procedure to me. I hope I don't run into the dirtbag with the MP5 or AR-15 on the street somewhere.

  • Graw_orb_glow_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Go figure something like this happens, but God forbid that citizens be given the right to defend themselves. I agree that the State Police should take over and disband Harvey PD if they have a record of this crap, or at least the Sheriff's Department.

    Also, Scurge is right. An MP5 can come with different trigger packs. The 94 and SP89 are completely different weapons from the MP5. Different stock, barrel, and grip styles.

  • Evil_max50


    over 4 years ago


    MP'5's can be ordered with a number of different types of trigger groups, so no just because its a MP5 does not necessarily mean its select fire.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    I think WOW sums it up nicely.

  • Apvbadgeheader_max50


    over 4 years ago


    who ever heard of storing weapons at the range, unattended!!!

  • Kimber_ultra_cdp_max50


    over 4 years ago


    incredible.....don't MP5's have selective fire: single shot, multi-shot burst and fully auto ?

  • X_men_three_ver11_20copy_max50


    over 4 years ago


    the weapons were found in a wooded grassy area in Harvey GO FIGURE

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    I do wonder why a spokesman with ATF would not know that an MP5 was a full auto from the HK factory, if is itsn't full auto it would be an 94, or a SP89 not an MP5... Scary that this could "happen", hope everyone is wrong and it isn't an inside job, but it sure does smell!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    WOW....Sounds like Harvey PD has gotten caught with their hand in the cookie jar....and to think that they are not cooperating in an investagation that could result in the return of their own weapons. Sounds like they are afraid of whom the guilty parties are. I smell an inside job here.

  • Flags_and_stars_max50


    over 4 years ago


    What a mess!!!

  • P23-2_max50


    over 4 years ago


    The spidey sense is tingling

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