The victim called the Sheriff’s Office in the early morning hours Monday to report his guns were gone from his RV. He said he last saw them on April 10th. Investigations revealed suspects had entered the RV by breaking a rear window. In addition to the 16 stolen rifles, shotguns and handguns, suspects also took a laptop computer, a flat screen television, a cross bow and a large amount of various types of ammunition.
Multiple detectives from the Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Unit and the Special Investigations Unit were called out to investigate, due to the weapons stolen and the concern that these weapons were now on the street and posed a danger to both law enforcement and members of the public. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents were also involved in the case.
During the course of the investigation, detectives learned the guns might be at a trailer at Water’s Edge Trailer park. They also received information a white Nissan may have some of the guns in it.
Using an undercover operative, guns were purchased from the trailer in Water’s Edge Trailer park from 33 year old Jermaine Roberts. Roberts was subsequently arrested and charged with eight counts possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of ammunition by a convicted felon and dealing in stolen property.
The white Nissan was stopped on Summerland Key after a detective observed it to have illegal window tinting. A K-9 then alerted on the car, indicating the presence of drugs. In the trunk, detectives found three of the stolen guns. They also found 35 plastic bags of heroin. $3,143 in cash was seized from the vehicle occupants.
19 year old Andrew Riley of Cutler Bay, Florida was arrested and charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, dealing in stolen property and trafficking in heroin. Romanique Williams, 18, of Miami was charged with dealing in stolen property and trafficking in heroin.
All three people were booked into jail. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms will be prosecuting this case federally. Roberts was further charged with violating his parole.
The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information about this case, or about the location of the remaining five weapons which have not yet been recovered, should call Crime Stoppers of the Florida Keys. If a tip leads to an arrest, the tipster would be eligible for a cash reward. The Crime Stoppers hot line number is 1-800-346-TIPS. Tips may be submitted anonymously on line at www.tipsubmit.com.