After police answered a call to investigate a burglary in Loves Park, Illinois, they then issued a warrant for the arrest of the resident of the home, Kristopher S. Rogers (28). Neighbors had reported seeing four men going in and out of the home, carrying a television set as well as live plants, to a waiting vehicle. When police responded to the call, they found forced entry into the home. The suspects are described as four black males, who were wearing sweatshirts and baseball caps.

The Stateline Area Narcotics Team (SLANT) arrived on the scene after receiving the tip, and a search warrant obtained. It was during the investigation of the burglary that a drug team discovered an amount of cash, marijuana plants, nine pistols, an improvised explosive device, and more than 100,000 rounds of ammunition. Also recovered were 20 other long guns, including assault rifles, sniper rifles and shotguns.

According to the Loves Park Police Department, Rogers was in possession of a valid fire arms identification card, known as a FOID in Illinois. He is now in custody on various drug charges, having been arrested at noon on April 2. Rogers now stands charged with 50-200 Cannabis Sativa Plants & Possession of Cannabis with the Intent to Deliver 30-500 Grams of Cannabis. The marijuana (cannabis) was apparently being grown in the basement of the residence.

Loves Park is a town near Rockford, Illinois, and lies approximately 80 miles northwest of Chicago.



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