Crime & Courts

2 Crystal Lake men charged with possessing stolen firearms

Two men are due in court Monday morning on charges accusing them of possessing stolen firearms.

Crystal Lake police arrested 19-year-old Daniel G. Pienkowski and 18-year-old Everett Werle on Wednesday, according to two separate criminal complaints filed in McHenry County court.

On two dates in September, Werle is accused of being in possession of a stolen .45-caliber Colt handgun and a stolen .357 Magnum Smith & Wesson revolver, according to a complaint.

Werle, of the 4400 block of Wildwood Drive, Crystal Lake, is charged with possession of a stolen firearm and aggravated use of a weapon. He also is charged in a separate, ongoing case with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to McHenry County public records.

Pienkowski is accused of possessing a stolen .357 Magnum Smith & Wesson revolver.

Pienkowski, of the 100 block of Dartmoor Drive, Crystal Lake, is charged with possession of a stolen firearm and unlawful possession of a handgun, court records show.

In August, Pienkowski accepted a plea deal and pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia in a separate case.

McHenry County Judge Sharon Prather sentenced Pienkowski to two years of conditional discharge, public records show.

The most serious charge against each of the men, possession of a stolen firearm, is a felony, typically punishable by as many as seven years in prison.

Crystal Lake police could not immediately be reached to comment on further details surrounding the cases, including how officers came in contact with the men, or why charges were filed nearly two weeks after the alleged offenses.

A public defender has been appointed to represent Pienkowski. Werle does not yet have an attorney, public records show.

A McHenry County judge has set bond for Werle and Pienkowski at $40,000 and $60,000, respectively.

Each man would be required to post 10 percent of his total bond to be released from the McHenry County Jail, where they remained Friday evening.

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