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BREAKING NEWS; Operation Return to Owner IV Results in 155 Arrest over Halloween Weekend
Chicago Police and Law Enforcement Partners Conduct Crime Suppression Sweep with Operation Return to Owner IV, 66 Sex Offender Compliance Checks Conducted over the Halloween Weekend
Today, Superintendent Jody P. Weis announced the results of Operation Return to Owner IV, the fourth joint crime suppression mission since July conducted by Chicago Police and law enforcement partners to target public violence and bad business practices in several high crime areas of the City.
The operation consisted of Chicago Police personnel and teams from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; Illinois Attorney General’s Office; Illinois Department of Corrections; Illinois State Police; Cook County Sheriff’s Office; Cook County State’s Attorneys Office; and City Inspection Task Force (CITF).
Operation Return to Owner IV operated in the City’s 3rd, 8th, and 19th Police Districts over the weekend. Chicago Police district law enforcement personnel participated in the operation, along with Vice, Narcotics, Gang Enforcement, Fugitive Apprehension, Traffic Section, Targeted Response, Mobile Strike Force units, as well as Midnight Tactical Teams.
The operation began Friday morning at 5 a.m. and was completed at 5 a.m. Sunday. With the addition of the Illinois Attorney General’s Office as a partner in these operations, the law enforcement collaboration targeted sex offender registration compliance over this Halloween weekend.
“Because more than 70 percent of sex offenders re-offend, it is absolutely critical for community safety that we keep track of where they are living and verify that they are complying with the registration laws,” said Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, who joined Superintendent Weis a press conference today. “That is why my office has joined with the Chicago Police Department in this important work to protect children and women from dangerous sex offenders,” she added.
As a result of the operation, there were a total of:
155 Arrests, including 27 on warrants and 30 on felonies
Operation Return to Owner IV
14 Parolees returned to prison for violating terms of their parole
4 Search warrants executed
8 Vehicles impounded
3 Stolen vehicles recovered
304 Moving violations
140 Vehicle Tows
18 Gun traces conducted by ATF
12 Guns seized
66 Sex offender compliance checks
The City Inspection Task Force inspected multiple establishments in the 3rd, 8th, and 19th Districts, resulting in numerous health-code violations. In addition, one Cease and Desist Order was issued, and two businesses were closed as a result of having their business licenses suspended.
The Chicago Fire Department also found multiple violations of municipal code and will be working with the Buildings Department in order to send violations to Court for prosecution.
“Working together, we send a clear message that criminal activity will not be tolerated; I must thank all of our partners in this initiative, including the Illinois Attorney General’s Office,” said Superintendent Jody P. Weis. “The safety of children will always be a priority in our fight to rid Chicago neighborhoods of crime,” he concluded.
Future joint operations already are being planned based on the success of this mission and two previous initiatives. Cumulatively, there have been 677 arrests and 89 parolees returned to prison.