CHICAGO (CBS) — Two Elmwood Park men have been arrested on gun trafficking charges after allegedly stealing at least 30 firearms from a collector and selling the guns all over Cook County.
WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser reports 19-year-old Jorge Figueroa and Ricardo Martinez have been charged with gun-running and illegal transfer of a firearm.
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said the guns were taken in a garage burglary in River Grove while the owner – a gun collector – was in the hospital. The man and his family were unaware they were gone until the sheriff’s department and other police agencies found them.
Dart said the case was “incredibly unique,” because the guns were seized before they could be used in crimes.
“Normally, when we’re talking about guns being recovered, we’re talking about guns being recovered after they’ve been used in crimes. We were able to recover all of these guns before they were used in any crimes,” the sheriff said.