PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.- Charlotte County Sheriff’s detectives arrested a North Fort Myers man Friday in connection with stealing three handguns while working as a volunteer security guard and doing odd jobs at a Port Charlotte gun store in early 2011. Richard Noel Amnott, 51, of 19621 N. Tamiami Trail was arrested and charged with three felony counts of Grand Theft of a Firearm, and three felony counts of Dealing in Stolen Property (Firearms).
The owner of Army-Navy Guns contacted CCSO on Jan. 11, 2012, to report three handguns were missing from inventory and were taken sometime between Feb. 1 to Mar. 31, 2011. The weapons were two .45-caliber handguns, and one .40-caliber gun.
Following a lengthy investigation, detectives learned that on July 10, 2011, Amnott traded two of the handguns to a friend who lives in South Punta Gorda Heights. Later, Amnott wanted one of the guns back and traded the third stolen handgun to his friend. Last October, Amnott then sold one of the guns to A&H Guns, 2301 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte. He later sold a second stolen gun to the same business.
Friday detectives met with Amnott and determined probable cause for the theft of the three guns. Amnott was arrested and transported to the Charlotte County Jail; Saturday, he posted a $22,500 bond and was released.
Amnott’s gun theft occurred when Army Navy Guns was located at 3811 Tamiami Trail. The store later moved to 2735 Tamiami Trail where 25 weapons were stolen in a burglary Feb. 8 of this year. Amnott’s arrest was unrelated to that burglary where four arrests were made in that case.