Cape Coral police have arrested and charged Cory Ocean Shade, 24, of 1703 N.E. 11th St., for grand theft and dealing in stolen property. Detectives were able to recover a $10,000 antique handgun that had been stolen and returned it to its rightful owner, according to officials.
On July 6, a Cape Coral man moved into his new home on Southwest 36th Terrace using a professional moving company and the mover was Shade. On July 9, the man discovered that an antique, Colt 45 silver-plated pistol with pearl grips was missing. The man filed a police report, fearing the family heirloom was gone forever, officials said.
On Wednesday, local businessman Mickey Franklin contacted the CCPD and reported that he bought a firearm on a private sale and he believed that the firearm might be stolen. Franklin had his suspicions that the deal was too good to be true and wanted to see if there were any open police cases in which an antique firearm had been stolen.
Cory Ocean Shade
Franklin stated that Shade came to his store on July 18 and sold the gun for $300, according to officials. A gun collector who is known throughout the firearm collecting community, Franklin knew that the gun was worth much more. Franklin obtained a copy of Shade's driver's license and a signature on a receipt to preserve for evidence.
Cape police confirmed that the gun was stolen and were able to return it to the original victim.
On Wednesday, detectives located Shade and took him into custody.
"This story had a happy ending for our victim because of upstanding members of the community like Mr. Franklin," CCPD Lt. Tony Sizemore said. "He knew something wasn't quite right so he took action and partnered with law enforcement to help a crime victim and subsequently put a criminal in jail. We're grateful for people of character like Mr. Franklin."Source: Cape Coral Police Department