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Unlawful Possession of Firearms

Crystal Lake Police Department makes arrest

Post Date:01/25/2017 7:03 AM


Contact: Deputy Chief Tom Kotlowski

                  100 West Woodstock Street

                  Crystal Lake, IL 60014

                  (815) 356-3730


Unlawful Possession of Firearms


On Thursday, January 19th, 2017, at approximately 10:20 PM, Crystal Lake Police Officers responded to the 1-100 block of North Williams Street for a report of a possible intoxicated motorist. Upon arrival, Officers located the suspect vehicle, occupied by a lone male subject.  While Officers were conducting the investigation, the male subject became uncooperative and combative with police, and subsequently began resisting arrest.    Ultimately, Donald F. Franz (50) of 358 Dartmoor Court, Crystal Lake, IL, was taken into custody. 

During his arrest, Franz was found to be in possession of a loaded firearm. Additional rounds of assorted firearm ammunition were located within the vehicle Franz was operating at the time of incident. 

Information obtained during the arrest of Franz lead Crystal Lake Police Investigators to obtain a search warrant for the residence and vehicle owned by Franz.  

On Friday, January 20th, 2017 at approximately 4:30 PM, members of the Crystal Lake Police Department executed a search warrant at Franz’ residence, located at 358 Dartmoor Court, Crystal Lake. Items seized during the search warrant included thirty six (36) high powered rifles, assault rifles and shotguns, twenty (20) assorted handguns and thousands of rounds of firearm ammunition.

Mr. Franz was charged with Aggravated DUI-Alcohol 625 ILCS 5/11-501(d)(1)(g) a class 4 felony, Unlawful Possession of a Suspended Drivers License 625 ILCS 5/6-301(a)(1), a Class A Misdemeanor, Aggravated Battery to a Police Officer 720 ILCS 5/12-3.05(d)(4), a Class 2 Felony, Aggravated Resisting a Police Officer 720 ILCS 5/31-1(a)(7), a class 4 felony, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm without Requisite Firearm Owner Identification Card (FOID), 430 ILCS 65/2(a)(1), a Class 4 Felony, Unlawful Possession of Firearm Ammunition without Requisite FOID Card 430 ILCS 65/2(a)(2), a class A misdemeanor, Unlawful Possession of a Revoked Concealed Carry License (CCL) 430 ILCS 66/70(g), a Class A Misdemeanor, Unlawful Possession of a Revoked FOID Card 430 ILCS .

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