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LAKE FOREST, Ill. (STMW) — Police arrested a Westmont man Monday morning for allegedly trying to bring a concealed firearm into the BMW Championship golf tournament at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest.

Lake Forest police Deputy Chief Karl Walldorf said the Lake County State’s Attorney’s office is expected to file felony charges against the 48-year-old man, Pioneer Press is reporting.

The man was found with a weapon shortly after 7 a.m. during routine security procedures at the BMW Championship main entrance, police said.

The event attracts the world’s top golfers and was won by Zach Johnson. Tournament play was set to end Sunday, but rain delayed the golf matches an extra day.

Walldorf said a trained explosives detection canine from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives searched a remote parking lot on Riverwoods Road south of Illinois Route 60 after officers arrested the Westmont man. The dogs detected the presence of suspicious substances in an automobile owned by the suspect.

Explosives technicians from the Waukegan Fire Department used a remote controlled robot to search the trunk of the car and determined no explosives were present, Walldorf said. However, two additional firearms were recovered.

The parking lot was closed while the vehicle was searched, and parking was shifted to a planned alternate location. Riverwoods Road was closed to all traffic between Route 60 south to Everett Road while officers conducted their search.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2013. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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