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Weapons stolen from Harvey police shooting range

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.

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Good thing they take such good care of their stuff  ??)
All this in the anti gun Chicago metro area. Did the thieves have a FOID Card?
South side....   'nuff said    That hole is south of Midway, Not even a decent place for a stopover...
NRATC53 said:
All this in the anti gun Chicago metro area. Did the thieves have a FOID Card?
I was thinking the same thing- and how much more valuable they likely are as contraband vs. legally owned weapons.
I think we can safely say that the police acted stupidly in this case. Imagine this happening on LI?
It appears that several of the firearms have been recovered. Among them some Mp-5's and AR-15's. Nice hardware to leave lying around.

Good work on a quick recovery though.
@Pate and everyone else: Please take note -- in the future you need to provide the link to the story and attribute the source, especially with the AP who has been known to harass web forums whose members re-post their stories and do not attribute their work. SteveB does not need another headache above the ones he already has with running LIF on a day to day basis.
I found like 40, but didn't want to be greedy!  :p
Wow, not good!
gmirsky said:
SteveB does not need another headache above the ones he already has with running LIF on a day to day basis.
Has there been any contact from Law Enforcement about the goings on this forum ?
Colt 700 said:
Has there been any contact from Law Enforcement about the goings on this forum ?
Not that I know of but the old AMBackForum.com had a little tussle with the AP about re-posting their stories by members and the AP wanted royalties or some sort of payment.
Updated story:

Special Agent in Charge Andrew L. Traver of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) announces the arrest of Eric Caldwell, a 34 year old Country Club Hills, Illinois resident, for the illegal possession of a firearm by a felon. Caldwell was arrested on May 24, 2010 in Hammond, Indiana.

On Friday May 28, 2010 Caldwell appeared before United States Magistrate Cherry for a preliminary hearing. Caldwell waived a probable cause hearing and was released on an unsecured $20,000 bond.

In addition to Caldwell, Delekeists Q. Walls, a 19 year old Harvey resident and a juvenile offender were also arrested. Walls was charged by the Lake County Indiana Prosecutor's Office in Crown Point, Indiana with the illegal possession of a machine gun and a 9 mm semi-automatic pistol. Walls appeared today before Judge Kathleen Sullivan in the Lake County Indiana Superior Court. Bond was set at $20,000. The Juvenile is being held in Juvenile Detention for Juvenile Delinquency.

If convicted Caldwell could face up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000. Walls is facing a Class C Felony punishable by 2 to 8 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. The arrests culminated from a burglary investigation of the Harvey Police Department's firearms range in Harvey, Illinois earlier this month. These subjects were arrested by ATF Agents along with officers from the Harvey Police Department, the Cook County Sheriff's Police and the Hammond Police Department. As a reminder, in all cases, criminal complaints are an allegation of criminal violations of law, all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

On May 20, 2010 ATF posted a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the recovery of firearms stolen from the Harvey Police Department's storage container at their outdoor firing range in Harvey, IL. Sometime between May 8th and May 10, 2010, individuals broke into a building at the Harvey Police Departments outdoor range and stole 27 firearms comprised of shotguns, rifles and handguns. The firearms stolen also included several weapons classified as being able to fire Fully-Automatic (more than one round with the single pull of the trigger).

To date 17 of the firearms have been recovered through the work of ATF and the Harvey Police Department. The goal of this reward is to facilitate the expeditious recovery of these law enforcement weapons and to ensure the safety of the community. ATF agents and the Harvey Police Department continue to actively pursue all leads and will work with our state and local counterparts to recover these weapons.

Anyone who has information on the location of the remaining stolen firearms or individuals who possess the stolen firearms should contact ATF's firearms hotline at: 1-800-ATF-GUNS (1-800-283-4867). Persons can also provide anonymous tips or information at the same number.
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Gotta love Chicago...this would be funny if it weren't so pathetic. The local cops can't secure their own weapons, and have a history of getting busted for stealing evidence and returning it to felons. Yet, for decades it's the average law abiding citizen who's been disarmed in the name of "safety", because they're the ones who can't be trusted. Wow.
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