Weapons Stolen from Police Shooting Range
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.
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Weapons Stolen from Police Shooting Range
As most of my readers know, I am very PRO police. Rarely do I blast off on law enforcement for any reason. My police tribute site, The Thin Blue Line, is all about respect and honor for ALL of our Law Enforcement Officers.
That said, I am going to deviate from the norm just a bit and not be so much a police supporter as I am a pissed off, LEGAL, law abiding American gun owner!
The Harvey Illinois POLICE were so lackadaisical that they didn’t have their weapons stored in a highly secure locker of some type? Seriously?
The weapons were reported stolen at 9:00 AM on Monday? Well, I guess that’s when the range master showed up for work and discovered that his weapons storage techniques were less than adequate.
All too often we hear of ballistic armor (vests), badges, radios, uniforms and weapons being stolen from police cars parked at an officers home. When things like that happen, in most cases, the police unit, marked or otherwise, was parked in the driveway or on the street where it could be easily accessed by the officer in an emergency situation that called him away from home at something other than normal duty hours. These types of thefts, while NOT acceptable, can all too easily occur when a police unit is left parked and unattended.
For a police department, ANY department, to have weapon stored at a gun range, in a way that allows them to be easily stolen, is totally unacceptable in MY opinion and leads me to wonder why it was so, or IF, possibly, not making accusations, just wondering, if the history of the Harvey Police Department may have played into this situation in some way.
The military has weapons storage facilities that are manned 24/7/365, the weapons are kept in a secure lockup and some crack head off the street can’t just stroll in, break a padlock and walk off with a cache of handguns, AR-15’s, and what I am guessing to be, automatic weapons.
American gun owners are constantly hammered by the police about weapons security. Every time a weapon is used in a crime in Mexico, a Texas gun owner or gun show operator is blamed for allowing weapons to fall into the hands of “THE BAD GUYS“.
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.
Not to denigrate SA Ahern, but it’s safe to assume that the handguns and AR-15’s are semi-auto in their configuration. Unless this department has some full auto Glock pistols, and only God knows why they would, most police pistols are semi auto-loaders.
The AR-15 is a semi-auto version of the M-16 military rifle. The AR-15 is, in it’s normal and usual condition, is a semi auto-loader as well.
That brings us to the MP5.
The MP5 has a hammer firing mechanism. The trigger group is housed inside an interchangeable polymer trigger module (with an integrated pistol grip) and equipped with a 3-position fire mode selector that serves as the manual safety toggle. The “S” or Sicher position in white denotes weapon safe, “E” or Einzelfeuer in red represents single fire, and “F” or Feuerstoß (also marked in red) designates continuous fire. The SEF symbols appear on both sides of the plastic trigger group. The selector lever is actuated with the thumb of the shooting hand and is located only on the left side of the original SEF trigger group or on both sides of the ambidextrous trigger groups. The safety/selector is rotated into the various firing settings or safety position by depressing the tail end of the lever. Tactile clicks (stops) are present at each position to provide a positive stop and prevent inadvertent rotation. The “safe” setting disables the trigger by blocking the hammer release with a solid section of the safety axle located inside the trigger housing. SOURCE
Perhaps SA Ahern is trying to downplay this a bit, maybe he wants to stop a panic on the public stage by saying that he doesn’t know the capabilities of an H&K MP5 sub-machine gun.
SA Ahern, please pay VERY close attention to the name, sub-machine gun. It’s a hint…
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.
Well, it’s gotta be because they got their guns illegally at a Texas gun show. Go ahead, blame us, we’re used to it. 😛
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.
How’s that new policy working out for you there Mr. Mayor?