COOK COUNTY, IL – A Park Forest man has been charged with multiple felony counts after Cook County Sheriff’s Police investigators found him in possession of eight firearms while his Firearm Owners’ Identification (FOID) card was revoked, Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced today.
On May 16, Sheriff’s Police Gun Suppression Team investigators notified 37-year-old Paul Krumrie, of the 300 block of Nassu Street, that his FOID card had been revoked after he was determined to be a Clear and Present Danger by the Illinois State Police. They offered to assist him with transferring any firearms he had since he could no longer be in possession of them. He told investigators that he did not have any firearms.
On May 17, investigators learned Krumrie was planning to take the firearms to Florida. Investigators went to the residence and saw him loading a rifle bag into a midsize moving truck.
After they saw that neither Krumrie nor the driver were wearing seatbelts, investigators pulled over the vehicle on Interstate 57 near Sauk Trail Road.
Both were asked to step out of the vehicle after investigators smelled cannabis coming from truck’s cabin. Krumrie was taken into custody. After being issued his Miranda warning, Krumrie said that his firearms were in the vehicle, and he was taking them to Florida.
Investigators recovered eight firearms from the vehicle, including an uncased, loaded 9mm pistol under the passenger seat where Krumrie was sitting. They also recovered 157 rounds of ammunition.
The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office approved eight counts of possession of a firearm with a revoked FOID and one count of possession of ammunition without a valid FOID.
Krumrie appeared for a bond hearing today at the Markham Courthouse where bond was set at $20,000-D.
Sheriff Dart formed the Gun Suppression Team in 2013 as a first of its kind unit to address a major concern with the state’s FOID laws: no police agency was dedicating a team to ensure individuals with revoked FOID cards were in compliance. State law requires individuals with a revoked FOID card to surrender their card to police and transfer firearms in their possession to police or a third party who can legally possess them.
In the last 10 years, the team has taken custody of more than 1,000 guns from revoked FOID cardholders and secured the safe transfer of thousands more.
The public is reminded that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty by the government in a court of law.