Oak Park Police Chief Rick Tanksley is used to dealing with victims of crimes, not being one.
But Tanksley learned last Thursday that he had, in fact, become a crime victim, after discovering that two firearms he'd believed were stored securely in his north Oak Park home were missing, stolen in a burglary.
Tanksley immediately had his department launch an investigation, and soon determined that one of the two guns stolen from his home had been recovered from a juvenile by Chicago police in June of last year.
Both of the missing firearms, which were unloaded, were registered. But a discrepancy between one of the letters in the numeric and alphabetic identification on the recovered gun?#34;a 'd' instead of a 'b'?#34;caused Chicago police to believe that gun was untraceable. It was only after Oak Park police contacted their Chicago colleagues last week that the misunderstanding was resolved. The Chicago arrest also helped Oak Park police narrow the timeframe for the burglary.
Oak Park police, who haven't charged anyone yet, said Monday that they have been able to narrow their focus to two suspects, and their investigation is continuing.
"We've narrowed it down to a couple of key suspects," said Deputy Chief Robert Scianna.
As for Tanksley, he was philosophical about it all.
"It just goes to show that no matter how secure you may think you have your weapon [stored], if there's a way to get them, somebody will do it."
Oak Brook teacher facing charge has OP connection
David Grayson, an Oak Brook public school teacher charged on the eve of his retirement with the sexual exploitation of a child, is a former Oak Park resident with long connections to local schools.
Grayson has worked in the Oak Brook district for 16 years as both an assistant principal and in the library department. The charges stemmed from a student's complaint to the school district. In the course of investigating that complaint, the school district found evidence that Grayson had improperly used his school computer. That discovery led to his firing. An investigation by police led to the sexual exploitation charge.
Grayson worked for many years at Oak Park's Longfellow School. He has since moved to LaGrange Park.
Grayson is not related to WJ reporter Katharine Grayson.
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