Friday, March 21, 2008

Man Charged With Stealing Guns During House Party

Collier County sheriff’s deputies arrested a 21-year-old man Thursday on charges he stole an assault rifle, handgun and a laptop computer during a house party in Golden Gate Estates earlier this month.

Anthony Robert Avila, 5501 26th Ave. S.W., Golden Gate, was charged with grand theft of a firearm, grand theft, and criminal mischief.

Reports say Avila attended a party at 315 15th St. N.W. on March 9. Witnesses saw Avila leave the house through the front door carrying an AK-47 assault rifle, a .357 magnum handgun and a laptop computer, which belonged to the residents of the home.

Avila ran off into nearby woods. Deputies searched for Avila on foot and by air but were unsuccessful.

Deputies located Avila Thursday at his home, where they arrested him on a probable cause warrant.