Indiana Men Busted With Guns Near Mag Mile, Cops Say

Buncich (left) and Kostro (right) were arrested near Pearson and Rush early Friday, police said. | CPD; Google

Two Indiana men are facing felony charges after cops found two guns in their car near the Magnificent Mile early Friday, according to prosecutors.

Police said 25-year-old Kyle Kostro of Crown Point brandished a handgun in the back seat of a taxi cab in the first block of East Pearson around 12:30 a.m. When Kostro accidentally dropped the gun, his friend Joseph Buncich picked it up and took it to a nearby car, according to police.

After speaking with the cab driver, officers searched a 2011 Mercedes, which was parked nearby. A handgun was found under the passenger seat where 21-year-old Buncich was sitting, according to police records. Another handgun and a 33-round extended magazine were found in a McDonald’s bag that was between Buncich’s legs, police said. A spent shell casing was allegedly recovered from the car.

Kostro is charged with two felony counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon in a vehicle without a Firearms Owner ID (FOID) card. A judge set bail at $2,000, meaning that he can go free to await trial by posting a $200 deposit.

Buncich, of Crown Point, was charged with one felony count of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon in a vehicle without a FOID. His bail was set at $3,000.

If either man makes bail, he will be released to a pretrial services monitoring program, a sheriff’s office spokesman said today. Kostro and Buncich are due back in court on June 29.

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