Authorities say a 19-year-old man was found with a fully automatic gun along with drugs and stolen property in North Chicago while officers were investigating a burglary.
The North Chicago Police Department responded around 11:23 a.m. Thursday to investigate a theft report initiated by the Waukegan Police Department.
North Chicago Police Department Management Analyst Freddrick Diez said the victim’s vehicle was burglarized in Waukegan and an Apple iPad was stolen.
The victim used Apple’s tracking to find the device’s location, which pinged near the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Wallace Avenue in North Chicago.
Diez said the victim was also able to provide a suspect and vehicle description of the offender who burglarized her vehicle and stole the iPad.
North Chicago police officers located the suspect vehicle and conducted an investigation.
The iPad was located and the offender, Daequan Morris, 19, of North Chicago, was found near an electronics store, Diez said.
Morris was searched along with his vehicle and officers recovered a Glock 22 semi-automatic handgun with two loaded magazines containing 15 rounds each.
Officers also found 100 grams of cannabis, a gram of fentanyl, 19 grams of cocaine, 39 Xanax pills, 30 Alprazolam pills, 121 amphetamine pills and $2,152 in cash.
A stolen credit card from a Waukegan burglary was also recovered.
Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Dino Katris said the Glock had a laser sight and a “switch,” which renders the gun fully automatic.
Morris is under the age of 21 and does not have a Firearm Owner’s Identification card or concealed carry license, Katris said.
Morris was charged last year with armed violence while he was a juvenile. He pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of unlawful use of a weapon and received probation.
Morris is charged in his latest case with three counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, manufacturing or delivery of cocaine, manufacturing or delivery of cannabis, unlawful possession of fentanyl and several other possession of a controlled substance charges.
Prosecutors did not charge Morris with burglary or theft.
The Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office filed a petition to detain Morris under Illinois’ SAFE-T Act.
Lake County Judge Theodore Potkonjak granted the petition and ordered Morris detained in the Lake County Jail pending trial.
Morris is scheduled to appear in court again on November 14 for a status of attorney hearing.