Guns Found Among Trash Land Hoarder in Jail - NBC Chicago

Guns Found Among Trash Land Hoarder in Jail

Court-ordered cleanup under way at John Wuerffel's Schaumburg home



    A Schaumburg man at odds with his neighbors and the village hall is living in a van outside his home while fighting to keep it. (Published Friday, Oct. 1, 2010)

    A man who'd spent some time living in a van outside his Schaumburg home spent some time in jail Wednesday after court-ordered cleanup crews found several guns on the property.

    John Wuerffel was arrested on charges of not having a valid Firearm Owners Identification Card, Schaumburg police Sgt. John Nebl told the Daily Herald.

    "We did not find any record of him ever having one," he said.

    Wuerffel, 62, was convicted last month of violating several village ordinances.  He suffers from a bi-polar disorder and collects cans and other assorted trash which led Freddie Mac to believe the home was in derilict condition.  The lender began foreclosure proceedings, which forced Wuerffel to live in a van outside the home for a time.

    And as crews Wednesday began going through all the trash, they came across a handgun, two rifles and two shotguns.  None of the firearms were loaded and no bullets were found.

    Prior to his arrest, Wuerffel sometimes clashed with the crews, accusing them of tossing away personal items or things he wanted to sell, TribLocal Schaumburg reported.

    "What the hell is going on here?  That's garbage?  No, it's not!" 

    Village inspectors hope to be able to determine by Friday if home is livable.