A second person has been arrested and faces charges connected to the firearms stolen from a Sheriff’s Office patrol car earlier this week. One of the two missing handguns has been recovered. Crime Stoppers is offering a substantial reward for information leading to recovery of the second handgun.
On Thursday, Detective David Brummer received a phone call from a man who said he had a .40 caliber Glock handgun he bought from 26 year old Anthony Ostrander. He said he’d just heard on the radio about the patrol car burglary where a similar weapon was stolen and was concerned the gun he bought might be one of the stolen handguns. He met with Detective Brummer and handed over the weapon, which did turn out to be one stolen from the patrol vehicle.
The man told Detective Brummer he received a call on Tuesday from Ostrander. He said Ostrander told him he had two guns to sell. He met with Ostrander and Kalvin Cowger in the parking lot of Winn Dixie on Big Pine Key. Ostrander was driving a white Toyota pickup truck. He said the two men showed him a .40 caliber and a .45 caliber Glock. He said he bought the .40 caliber for $300.00.
This morning, based on the man’s information, Detective Brummer obtained a warrant for Ostrander’s arrest for dealing in stolen property. He stopped Ostrander in his white Toyota truck near the 7 mile marker of the highway. Ostrander has a suspended driver’s license and had attached a tag to the vehicle which was not assigned to it. Inside the truck he had a pipe like those commonly used to smoke marijuana.
Ostrander was arrested. He was charged with dealing in stolen property, driving with his license suspended, attaching a tag not assigned and possession of drug paraphernalia.
“Our detectives have gone all out to solve this case and get the stolen weapons and equipment off the street,” said Colonel Rick Ramsay. “Their hard work has resulted in two arrests and the recovery of almost all the items stolen. Our thanks go out to Crime Stoppers for assisting with the case and to the community, particularly those people who came forward with information. Working together, we got this done quickly,” he said.
One weapon from the vehicle burglary – the .45 caliber Glock - has still not been recovered and both Ostrander and Cowger continue to deny knowing where it is. Crime Stoppers of the Florida Keys is offering a $500.00 reward to anyone who calls in information which leads to the recovery of the weapon. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can call the Crime Stoppers hot line number at 1-800-346-TIPS. Tips may also be submitted anonymously on line at www.tipsubmit.com.