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One of 23 Guns Stolen During Burglary Found in Burr Ridge Home: Police

Burr Ridge resident Daniel Swayka was also found to be in possession of a shotgun and 900 rounds of ammunition without a valid gun-owner's license, police said.

A Burr Ridge man was charged with possession of stolen property after police found him to be in possession of one of more than 20 guns stolen during a burglary last September, according to a release from the Burr Ridge Police Department.

Daniel R. Swayka, 20, of the 16W200 block of 94th Street, Burr Ridge, surrendered to police Thursday afternoon. A warranted search of his home by police on Feb. 8 turned up a pistol that was among the items stolen from a Burr Ridge home during a Sept. 27 burglary in the 120 block of Circle Ridge.

Sgt. Marc Loftus of the Burr Ridge Police Department said 23 firearms, a combination of handguns and rifles, were taken during the burglary, along with several electronics items.

"That’s still under investigation, as far was who committed the burglary," Loftus said.

The pistol found with Swayka, Loftus said, is the fourth of the 23 to be recovered. The other three were recovered in Chicago. All four weapons are being tested to see if they were used in any crimes.

In addition to the stolen pistol, Swayka had in his home a loaded shotgun, more than 900 rounds of ammunition, and a bulletproof vest—despite the fact that Swayka does not have a valid firearm owner ID.

A small amount of cannabis was found, as well.

In addition to possession of stolen property, a Class 3 felony, Swayka was charged with two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of firearm ammuniton, and unlawful possession of cannabis.

Swayka turned himself in after an arrest warrant was obtained by police. His first DuPage County court date is set for March 11 at 8:30 a.m. and his bond was set at $100,000. He posted bond upon turning himself in and was released.

Loftus said Swayka has no prior convictions.

A Class 3 felony, the release said, is punishable by a sentence of two to five years in prison and up to $25,000 in fines. 

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Karen Winter February 24, 2013 at 01:12 AM
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