SAN CARLOS PARK — Four Lee County men face felony charges after detectives say they stole a small arsenal of guns from a San Carlos Park home.
Twenty firearms, ranging from handguns to assault rifles and valued together at $15,850, were pried out of a pair of gun safes at a home in the 18000 block of Oriole Road on Oct. 19, according to an arrest report.
They were then sold from the homes of the burglars. Eight of the weapons remain unaccounted for.
Those arrested were Chad Howard, 27; Rodolpho Lopez, 33; Adam Johnson, 26; and Kyle McCartney, 20. The men face charges of armed burglary to a dwelling, grand theft of a firearm, dealing in stolen property, grand theft and possession of burglary tools. A fifth name was redacted from the report.
The arrest report offered the following details:
A deputy found that the victim’s back door was pried open, and that both gun safes had been pulled out of a closet and opened with a claw hammer.
Howard, a convicted felon and tenant of the victim, became a quick suspect.
A witness later placed the weapons with Lopez, Howard and Johnson and said the men were trying to sell the guns. When a detective picked up Lopez, the suspect pointed to McCartney.
McCartney admitted to keeping the guns at his father’s house. Upon inspection of the father’s home, the detective found 12 of the 20 guns. Among the missing weapons are three assault rifles.
The four men were also accused of stealing more than $8,000 in other items from the home, including 5,000 rounds of various ammunition valued at $2,800, a rifle scope valued at $450 and jewelry and cash.
All remain in custody at the Lee County jail.