CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. - A man armed with a shotgun barged into Barracuda Bill's Mobil convenience store on Placida Road in Englewood on Tuesday. Thursday, Wink News confirmed two men are behind bars, charged in the robbery and for allegedly stealing a motorcycle from a home two days earlier.
A 2001 Kawasaki Ninja is back in its place, but Charlotte County deputies say it went on one wild ride.
According to the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office, early Sunday morning, 26-year old Karl Recine and 26-year old Matthew McNanna, took the bike from the home in Rotunda West and used it to rob a convenience store in Englewood two days later.
Neighbor Charles Ziegenfelder says the owner of the bike, Paul Basilotto, never thought they'd see the motorcycle again.
"The motorcycle had been stolen and taken out of the side door," said Ziegenfelder, "I think they were more upset that someone had been in their garage and they didn't know what was going on. It's pretty quiet around here," he said.
According to the arrest report, just after 10:30 p.m., one of the suspects entered the store wearing a black motorcycle helmet and gloves and carrying a short barreled shotgun. He ordered the clerk to fill a bag with cash then took off. Deputies later caught up with both men after someone identified them on surveillance video wearing the same helmet stolen from Basilotto's garage.
"I have a lawn mower that we leave outside that we put a lock on and I don't think anyone should leave their garage doors open because people prowl and take things out of them," Ziegenfelder stated.
Deputies say when they made the arrests, they found the stolen money, black clothing, and black spray paint the men used to disguise the motorcycle.