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Lake in the Hills man on McHenry County's top-10 fugitive list arrested

Bryan J. Stoltenberg, 31, of 824 Shawnee Trail, Lake in the Hills, was arrested Saturday morning on burglary and possession of stolen firearms charges. Stoltenberg was No. 2 on McHenry County's list of top 10 fugitives.
Bryan J. Stoltenberg, 31, of 824 Shawnee Trail, Lake in the Hills, was arrested Saturday morning on burglary and possession of stolen firearms charges. Stoltenberg was No. 2 on McHenry County's list of top 10 fugitives.

WOODSTOCK – The No. 2 man on McHenry County’s top-10 fugitive list, who is facing burglary and possession of stolen firearms charges, was arrested over the weekend.

Bryan J. Stoltenberg, 31, of 824 Shawnee Trail, Lake in the Hills, was charged with knowingly possessing 33 stolen firearms and burglarizing a Lake in the Hills appliance store with another man on Jan. 31, 2015, according to a bill of indictment filed in McHenry County court in January 2017.

A warrant seeking Stoltenberg’s arrest was originally issued in December 2016 and continued in July of this year. Stoltenberg was taken into custody at 7:10 a.m. Saturday – almost three years after the burglary.

Stoltenberg and the other man are accused of possessing 10 rifles, 16 pistols, six revolvers and one gun of unknown make – all of which were stolen on Jan. 31, 2015, according to court documents. The two also are accused of entering HD Appliance, 1294 Industrial Drive, Lake in the Hills, with the intent to commit a theft – or burglarizing the appliance store.

The other man accused of the crimes had his case closed in May without a conviction.

If convicted of the most serious charge, Stoltenberg faces up to 50 years in prison, according to the indictment.

Stoltenberg is next due in court at 9 a.m. Wednesday and is being held in McHenry County jail in lieu of $250,000 bond. Stoltenberg would need to pay $25,000, or 10 percent of bond, to be released on bail.

Stoltenberg is the fourth McHenry County fugitive apprehended in the past four months.

Justin E. Dean, 25, of Wonder Lake was arrested July 27 after being wanted on a charge of possession of a controlled substance after police said he had less than 15 grams of oxycodone.

James Buttacavoli Jr., 43, turned himself in early August after being wanted on 2016 charges after authorities said he possessed more than 2,000 grams of marijuana and more than 50 marijuana plants.

Cortez V. Simpson, 25, of McHenry, turned himself in shortly after Buttacavoli. He faces felony drug charges after police say he conspired and sold more than 1 gram but less than 15 grams of cocaine with three co-defendants.

McHenry County Sheriff’s Lt. James Wagner said factors considered when deciding who makes the top 10 list include:

• The defendant must have an outstanding warrant for a felony crime.

• The crime usually involves some sort of violence, drugs, guns or a sex offense.

• The apprehension unit or other law enforcement agencies tried to serve a warrant and were unsuccessful.

• The individual has a McHenry County connection.

• He or she might be a suspect in an ongoing investigation.

• The individual usually is a repeat offender or has multiple warrants out for his or her arrest.

• Authorities believe the public can help them find that person.

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