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Orland Park police arrest federal parolee with weapon

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A Calumet City man was charged last week after he refused to leave a vehicle and a loaded handgun was found on the floorboard.

Orland Park tactical officers were investigating a suspicious, unoccupied vehicle in the parking lot of 304 Orland Square Drive at 3:15 p.m. on Friday, February 11.

During their investigation, officers noticed a handgun on the driver’s side floorboard. While researching the vehicle owner’s identity, three people returned to the vehicle.

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A man wearing a fanny pack, later identified as Nickolas Burch, 32, entered the vehicle through the driver’s side. A woman, later identified as Kelly Turner, 33, of Park Forest, entered the passenger side of the vehicle while a juvenile got into the back seat.

Officers approached the vehicle and ordered the trio to exit.

Neither Burch nor Turner chose to comply with the officer’s request to exit the vehicle. Officers observed Burch as he removed the fanny pack he was wearing and gave it to Turner.

Turner’s door was opened by officers and she was removed from the vehicle still holding the fanny pack.

Burch refused to exit and officers had to break out his window. Burch eventually exited the vehicle and a loaded handgun was located on the floorboard. Burch was taken into custody.

Turner, the vehicle owner, was informed that she was also going to be placed into custody. Upon hearing this, Turner handed the fanny pack to the juvenile and instructed her to re-enter the mall and leave.

Police searched the fanny pack and a loaded handgun with an extended magazine was discovered. Also found in the fanny pack was Burch’s wallet that contained a business card for his federal probation officer who was subsequently contacted and informed of the charges.

Further investigation into Burch revealed that he was currently on federal electronic monitoring/parole for armed robbery and attempted murder.

Burch was subsequently charged with two counts of being an armed habitual criminal and misdemeanor resisting/obstructing.

Turner was charged with one count of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and misdemeanor child endangerment and resisting/obstructing.

On February 12, both Burch and Turner were transported to the Cook County Courthouse at 2600 California where Judge Barbara Lynette Dawkins set bail at $5,000 for Burch. Judge Mary Marubio set bail for Turner at $5,000. Both posted $500 bond and were released.

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