Crime & Courts

Man accused of stealing guns, money from Johnsburg home

Mitchell W. Kirksey, 32, of the 1800 block of Grandview Drive, Johnsburg
Mitchell W. Kirksey, 32, of the 1800 block of Grandview Drive, Johnsburg

A Johnsburg man prohibited from owning guns was arrested Friday on charges that he stole 18 firearms from another man.

Mitchell W. Kirksey, of the 1800 block of Grandview Drive, is charged in a 20-count complaint with aggravated possession of stolen firearms, theft and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The most serious charge, aggravated possession of a stolen firearm, carries a six- to 30-year penalty.

Kirksey was taken to the McHenry County Jail on felony charges Friday morning. A judge was expected to set his bond Saturday morning.

Police believe Kirksey stole 18 firearms and $1,000 June 19 from a Johnsburg home, according to the complaint filed Friday in McHenry County court.

The stolen weapons included several .38 mm and 9 mm semi-automatic pistols as well as revolvers, the complaint shows.

Kirksey was on probation for a 2017 identity theft conviction when he was arrested Friday. He previously has been convicted for misusing a credit card in 2008, which barred him from having firearms, public records show.

The 32-year-old has a sordid past in McHenry County, including several other convictions of misusing credit cards and a history of fleeing police.

He first was convicted of a felony in McHenry County in 2005, when he was sentenced to 1½ years of probation for aggravated fleeing police. In 2006, he was ordered to serve two years in prison for a separate charge of the same offense.

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