Cops found 3 guns after stopping man for pumping gas into a stolen car while wearing a ski mask and gloves: prosecutors

A man is facing a slew of felony charges after Chicago police allegedly grew suspicious upon seeing him pumping gas into a stolen car while wearing a ski mask and gloves. He just happened to be out on bail at the time for allegedly possessing another stolen motor vehicle.

Chicago police officers were on patrol Saturday when they saw a man with gloved hands wearing a ski mask as he prepared to pump gas into a 2019 Alfa Romeo that had no front plate, prosecutor Christopher Nugarus said. The high temperature in Chicago was 89° that day, although it did dip to 72° at night.

As police approached the car, two other men wearing ski masks and gloves jumped out and fled, according to Nugarus. However, police arrested Lyneil Givens, 24, who was allegedly preparing to pump gas into the car.

Lyneil Givens | CPD

According to Nugarus, the officers looked inside the Alfa Romeo, which had been reported stolen in Chicago, and discovered three handguns lying in plain sight. He said one gun was on the driver’s floorboard, another on the passenger floorboard, and a third was lying on the back seat with an extended magazine attached. The guns were all loaded.

Givens has a pending felony stolen motor vehicle case in Cook County as well as a pending case in Fulton County, Georgia, for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, Nugarus said. He was convicted of unlawful use of a weapon in 2018 and attempted robbery as a juvenile in 2013.

He’s now charged with three counts of unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, and possession of a controlled substance.

Judge Mary Marubio ordered him to pay a $15,000 bail deposit to get out of jail on the new charges. She also held him without bail in the pending stolen motor vehicle case until the judge overseeing that matter reviews the new charges.

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