Second man charged in connection with stolen firearms
A second person has been arrested and faces charges connected to the firearms stolen from a Sheriff’s Office patrol car earlier this week. Both of the two missing handguns has been recovered.
Last 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.
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.