Park Forest, IL–(ENEWSPF)– Police discovered weapons while conducting an inspection through the Crime-Free Housing Ordinance. Detective Beilke was contacted by the owner of four condominium units on May 1 to conduct an inspection under the ordinance. The owner of the property permitted the detective to enter a unit at 23437 Western Ave., Apt. C32. The owner knocked on the door and there was no response. The owner opened the door and the detective announced his office. There was still no response. The detective conducted the inspection and then entered the bedroom of the apartment to check for smoke detectors and window locks. In the corner of the bedroom, Detective Beilke observed two rifles, an AR-15 and a Browning .223 long rifle.
Detective Baugh arrived on the scene and ran the serial numbers of the weapons through SouthCom. Dispatch informed the detectives that the Browning rifle was stolen.
After consulting with Assistant States Attorney Cason from the Will County States Attorney office, Detective Beilke obtained a Search Warrant to remove any evidence and conduct a search.
In addition to the rifles already mentioned, detectives located two magazines for the AR-15, three .45 caliber magazines, a Springfield Armory .45 caliber handgun, a digital scale with cocaine residue, a prescription bottle with 28 Vicodin pills, a plastic bag containing 3 grams of suspect cocaine, 2 grams of suspect cannabis, and other items and cash.
The resident at that address, Steven Shubert, age 24, arrived home at approximately 3:40 p.m. Schubert said that the guns in the bedroom where in fact his, according to police. He told police that he bought the two guns about one month ago from a guy at a bar in Homewood, according to police. Police determined that Shubert did have a valid firearm owners identification card. He said that he did not know that one of the guns was stolen.
Schubert was taken into custody and transported to the Park Forest Police Department where he was later charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.