Store search in Joliet uncovers three guns
September 5, 2013 7:22PM
Updated: October 7, 2013 1:32PM
Joliet police turned up three guns while assisting the U.S. Department of Agriculture with a search of a neighborhood grocery store this week.
The owner of the corner store in the 600 block of Hickoy Street and an employee owned two of the guns, which police left in their possession. Neither had a firearm owner’s ID card for the third gun, Police Chief Brian Benton said.
“They surrendered it (the third gun) to us for safekeeping,” Benton said, adding that an employee told police he had found the gun outside the store.
The guns were not likely the target of the search, which was initiated by the USDA and took place Tuesday morning, Benton said.
“We did an assist,” he said. “I don’t really know the nature of what they were looking for.”
The USDA’s Office of Inspector General did not return calls for comment about the search. An employee at the store would not comment Thursday, and the store owner could not be reached.