More guns seized along Mag Mile as cops continue to confiscate at least 1 a day near famed retail corridor

Chicago police are continuing to seize more than one illegal firearm per day on and near the Magnificent Mile during December. It’s a stunning statistic for the city’s premier retail shopping district.

Most recently, police allegedly found a handgun under the passenger seat of Antwan Dickerson’s car during a traffic stop a couple of blocks west of Michigan Avenue on Christmas afternoon. Prosecutors said the gun was loaded, and its serial numbers had been removed with a grinder.

Dickerson, who was convicted in 2018 of illegally possessing a firearm and in 2014 of two armed robberies, is a registered gun offender according to prosecutors. He’s now charged with armed habitual criminal and faces a sentence of six to 30 years if convicted, Judge John Lyke said during his bond hearing Saturday.

Lyke set Dickerson’s bail at $100,000 and ordered him to go onto electronic monitoring if he can post the required 10% deposit bond.

On Tuesday, prosecutors charged 24-year-old Demetrius Leverston with felony aggravated unlawful use of a weapon after cops allegedly found a loaded handgun under the driver’s seat of his car at Michigan and Superior.

Police engaged Leverston for illegal parking around 3:30 p.m., and learned that he was driving on a suspended license, prosecutors said. That led to a further investigation and the alleged firearm discovery.

Judge Lyke set his bail at $1,000.

Other arrests and gun recoveries were made at Michigan and Pearson on Wednesday afternoon and near Michigan and Erie last Saturday, according to CPD records.

Last Sunday, a convicted felon was allegedly caught with two guns after crashing into a CPD squad car near Michigan and Walton.

On December 18, police recovered three firearms and charged two men with illegal gun possession after a large fight broke out inside a Mag Mile department store.

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