CHICAGO — A Chicago man has been charged after fleeing with devices that convert handguns to fully automatic weapons, police said. The package, flagged at a postal facility, was later delivered to a Calumet City residence.

Cook County Sheriff's Police investigators learned from Homeland Security Investigations that a package with two of these switches were taken from a postal facility, Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced Thursday.

Devante Murphy, 26, jumped off a balcony with the package in hand when a search warrant was executed Tuesday evening at the home in the 400 block of Burnham Avenue, Dart said.

Murphy was caught after a short chase on foot, and both switches were later found and recovered, Dart said.

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Murphy was charged Wednesday with unlawful use of a weapon. His bond was set at $50,000 during his court appearance Thursday at the Markham Courthouse, Dart said.

Cook County Sheriff's police, Homeland Security Investigations and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service were all involved when the search warrant was executed, Dart said. 

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