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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.

  • Angel_kincaid_park_2014_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Wow! Something Smells......
    I'm sure we will get the Truth soon

  • Images_max50


    over 4 years ago



  • Pro_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Wait a second...... a Police Shooting range is this damn vulnerable?? You can bet your ass I ain't going to chicago.

  • Anonymous-killer-whale-232189_1__max50


    over 4 years ago


    I'm going to mapquest Harvey, so I can make sure I NEVER drive through there, let alone work there !!!

  • Battering-ram-full_max50


    over 4 years ago


    No way this happens without a tainted badge or two involved. Just hope no of those weapons kill any officers or innocent john/jane que citizen!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    Ah... C'mon bro... LOL you know they don't know what they're talking about... LOL... LMAO...
    I don't know of any AP Reporter in the service... LOL...

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    what is a "high powered assault rifle"?

  • Ba_old_glory_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Inside was my first thought, too.

  • Pic-0246_max50


    over 4 years ago


    i've been to that range before and its a completely unsecured piece of garbage. it looks like it was built with faulty material overnight and left that way. its completely horrible. i hated going there. since chicago does not have their own outdoor range equipped to handle officers using assault rifles and shotguns yet we have to use harvey's. that has to be the most corrupt police dept. in the nation. inside job? definitely. who would not want to cooperate with other law enforcement agencies to help recover these weapons? harvey thats who

  • Fire_station_010_max50


    over 4 years ago


    WOW!!!!! I know a small town in Louisiana that just lost thier asst chief to stealling evidence. but this sounds like somoene from the inside, mrwhitefolks I have to agree with the others you made a smart career move by leaving. I hope they recover those weapons fast!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    mrwhitefolks, im with you... INSIDE JOB!!!

  • Me_2_max50


    over 4 years ago


    I've worked for a small PD and we never left our department weapons in unsecure facilities like a trailer. That being said I have also recovered two submachineguns and a pistol that were "improperly removed" from the PD's custody due to some bent badges. I concur with MrWhiteFolks assessment.

  • Nintendo_max50


    over 4 years ago


    This whole thing sounds fishy. With the questionable history behind this department, I have to say I agree with what MrWhitefolks says. It doesn't seem logical for a police dept. to leave weapons that accessible for criminals.

  • Heores_max50


    over 4 years ago


    I hope they can retrieve everything lost before somebody gets hurt

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    The whole thing stinks a mile away... WOW.
    Holy crap.

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