Tips to Crimestoppers lead to recovery of guns

Tips to Crimestoppers lead to recovery of guns

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign police used tips reported to Champaign County Crimestoppers this week to recover guns.

Champaign Police spokeswoman Rene Dunn said Champaign police seized a loaded Tec-9 semi-automatic handgun, a loaded Ruger Mini-14 rifle and four other guns.

She said five of the guns were recovered after tips were reported to Crimestoppers.

Four of the recovered guns were found in homes in which the homeowner did not know the guns were there. Dunn said those weapons had been brought to the homes by the children or grandchildren of the homeowners.

All the guns were recovered since Memorial Day weekend, she said.

Dunn said some arrests were made in connection with the seizure of the guns, but she did not have information on who or how many people were arrested as a result of the Crimestoppers tips or how many homes were involved.

"The point we want to make is that, in response to the recent gun violence that has occurred, we have recovered some weapons with the help of Crimestoppers," Dunn said.

The recovery comes nearly two weeks following a joint news conference held on May 24 by Champaign County law enforcement officials and community leaders about recent gun violence in the county.

"Without the public's assistance and the thorough investigation and follow-up by our officers, these guns would still be in the hands of persons who are not legally authorized to carry them," Champaign Police Chief Anthony Cobb said in a written release. "Parents and caretakers are urged to discuss gun safety tips with all children and teens living in the home and ensure that all guns and ammunition are securely locked and stored away."

Champaign County Crimestoppers offers a cash reward up to $1000 for any information that leads to an arrest. Information may be reported by calling 373-8477; anonymous web tip at: http://www.373tips.com or by texting the keyword CCTIP plus the information to CRIMES (274637).

The information you provide is confidential. You do not have to give your name or appear in court.

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Sid Saltfork wrote on June 06, 2012 at 9:06 pm

A  Tec-9, and a Mini-14 are assault weapons.  It does not take that much to convert them from semi-automatic to automatic.  "The home owners did not know the guns were there"?  The article does not clarify if the home owners are FOID card holders.  Maybe, that is part of the arrests.  If Illinois registered guns, and serial numbers along with owners; the rightful owners could be found.  Hopefully, they will read the article; and contact the police for getting their guns back.  It is their constitutional right to bear arms after all.