Three time convicted felon arrested after pawning stolen rifle & ammunition

SARASOTA, Fla. -- July 15, 2016 -- 9:30 a.m.

On Wednesday, July 13, 2016, a victim reported that an unknown suspect entered his home at 2136 6th Street, Sarasota, without his permission.  This burglary is the same case Chief Bernadette DiPino discussed on Thursday afternoon during a news conference.

Entry into the residence appeared to have occurred through an unlocked sliding glass door.  The victim reported that an AR7 rifle and approximately 700 rounds of ammunition as well as several other personal items were taken from the residence. 

On Thursday, July 14, 2016, Detectives with the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office discovered that convicted felon, Joseph Stout III, 39, of 3102 Grafton Street, Sarasota, sold 600 rounds of ammunition to a local pawn shop.  Sarasota Police Detectives believe at this time this is all the ammunition that was stolen from the residence.  SCSO Detectives also discovered that Stout sold an AR7 rifle, new in the box, on the same pawn ticket.  The serial number of the stolen rifle matches the serial number on the pawned rifle.  SCSO Detectives turned all evidence and investigation information over to the Sarasota Police Department.

Stout’s criminal history shows he’s a three time convicted felon dating back to 1999.  A records check showed his right to possess firearms and/or ammunition have not been restored.  Stout has been charged with Dealing in Stolen Property, Defrauding a Pawnbroker, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon and Possession of Ammunition by a Convicted Felon, all felony charges.  Stout is being held at the Sarasota County Jail on a $125,000 bond.