Two Illinois men were arrested after dozens of illegal weapons and multiple rounds of ammunition were found.
On Friday, August 1, 2014 the Illinois State Police said they arrested 42-year-old Thomas Burke of Orland Park and 72-year-old Daryl Mrkvicka of Tinley Park.
Police said they found 36 firearms and multiple rounds of ammunition in Mrkvicka’s home.
“The illegal operation was uncovered following an extensive investigation of two subjects suspected of illegally selling firearms out of a residence in Tinley Park, Illinois,” said a spokesperson from the Illinois State Police.
The Illinois State Police said Mrkvicka was charged with unlawful sale of firearms and gunrunning. Burke was charged with conspiracy to commit gunrunning, conspiracy to commit unlawful sale of firearms and solicitation to deface identification markings of a firearm.
“The operation’s success is a result of the strong collaboration of law enforcement resources solely targeted at preventing straw purchases, reducing gun violence, and eliminating the number of illegal firearms entering our communities,” said ISP Director Hiram Grau. “Because of the hard work of all the officers involved in this investigation, 36 guns have been seized and will never hit the streets or be used against innocent victims,” added Grau.
Both men were taken to the Will County Adult Detention Facility, according to police.
Agents from the ISP Firearms Investigation Unit, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Chicago Police Department, Tinley Park Police Department and Orland Park Police Department helped in the investigation.