Former Cop Charged in Gun Theft

A former Clarenden Hills police officer is charged with stealing five guns, including a Smith and Wesson and a World War II-era gun

By Britni Day
|  Saturday, May 14, 2011  |  Updated 2:40 PM CDT
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DuPage County State's Attorney's Office

Daniel Ryan, a former police officer, is accused of stealing guns from the Clarendon Hills police department, including a Smith and Wesson and a World War II-era gun.

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A former Clarendon Hills police officer turned himself in on Friday after allegedly stealing guns from the evidence room

Daniel M. Ryan, 48, is accused of stealing five guns in total, including an Ithaca M1911 A1 World War II U.S. Army .45 caliber gun, a Smith and Wesson .38 caliber Airtight Special, and a Connecticut Valley Bobcat .50 caliber gun, said DuPage County State's Attorney Robert B. Berlin.

The weapons, stolen in 2007 were allegedly not used in any crimes but were part of the weapons "turn in" program, police said.

Authorities were led to the Westmont man after an anonymous tip in February sparked an investigation into the missing guns, police said. Ryan resigned from the department on April 22, 2011.

Ryan is facing aggravated possession of a stolen firearm, unlawful possession of a stolen firearm, theft and official misconduct.

He is scheduled to appear in court on June 14.           

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