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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.


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  • Joefriday_max50

    alexy

    over 4 years ago

    3970 Comments

    Not good by any standard. A trailer? They left guns in trailer? Most trailers you can get into with a sawzall in about 3 minutes.
    Mr whitefolks, sounds like you made a wise career decision. I would share my thoughts/concerns/knowlege with the Chicago office of the ATF

  • Adp_max50

    Perl

    over 4 years ago

    1498 Comments

    THIS IS A COVER-UP. I was a Narcotics Detective/Supervisor and SWAT Team leader at the Harvey Police Department from 1998-2004, NO weapons were EVER left in the range trailer/office. The police department has a weapons armory for ALL surplus and SWAT weapons. I left because Mayor Kellogg was dragging the City and Department into the toilet. These weapons are in the hands of criminals, some with badges.
    ~Wf

  • Plmb2s3sk_max600_max50

    s3sk

    over 4 years ago

    3308 Comments

    This could end badly, I hope they recover them quickly and without incident.

  • 1asteriskshield_ezr_max50

    ajsdaddyBPD

    over 4 years ago

    3122 Comments

    That was stupid.

  • Evil_max50

    Scurge

    over 4 years ago

    1232 Comments

    MP5 is NOT an assault rifle. AR15 is NOT a high powered assault rifle. I am curious as to how the weapons were stored. Apparently not secure enough. Hopefully they are recovered before someone gets hurt or killed.

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