CHICAGO (CBS) – Nearly 60 stolen guns are off the streets following a major bust in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood and other locations, police said Thursday.
The weapons were among 200 stolen Sunday morning from a Des Plaines gun store, which reported the missing inventory to authorities and set an investigation in motion. Police seized 20 guns in a boarded-up Englewood house in the 6200 block of South Morgan and recovered weapons in other locations.
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Trevell Allen, 17, of Blue Island, and Emmanuel Warner, 17, of Dolton, were each charged with one count of aggravated possession of multiple stolen firearms. Brandon McGee, 18, of Chicago, was charged with seven counts of unlawful sale of a firearm. Darrell Holmes, 19, of Blue Island was charged with one count of possession of a stolen firearm.
Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy says there’s no telling what havoc could have befallen Englewood if those guns had not been recovered.
“Think about the mayhem these 58 guns in Englewood – the most violent part of Chicago – would have wreaked on this city,” McCarthy said at a news conference with Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez. “We don’t know how many lives we just saved by this happening.”
The investigation continues, and police are seeking a fifth suspect.
Police have seized more than 400 illegal guns this year, McCarthy said.