Felon charged with illegal possession of three guns

  • George L. Silva

    George L. Silva

Updated 11/19/2019 8:06 PM

Acting on a tip from neighbors, Lake County sheriff's officers confiscated three firearms from the home of a felon who lives near Mundelein.

George L. Silva, 48, of the 26300 block of North Diamond Lake Road, was charged Monday with three counts of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, according to a statement issued by the sheriff's office Tuesday.


One day earlier, police were notified by neighbors that he had been acting irrationally, according to the statement.

One neighbor said recently Silva had been walking around his yard with a flashlight during the evening and yelling at intruders, and police were told that he was armed with a semi-automatic firearm when he asked a neighbor to help search for a supposed intruder, the statement said.

Police executed a search warrant on the home Monday night, recovered the weapons and arrested Silva.

"Our patrol division quickly recognized this individual posed a substantial risk to the community," Sheriff John Idleburg said. "Deputies moved swiftly to petition the court for an emergency firearms restraining order and search warrant, and when executed resulted in three illegally possessed firearms being seized."

Silva appeared in court Tuesday morning where a Lake County judge released him on a $50,000 recognizance bond. He is due back in court on Dec. 18.

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