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4 arrested after theft from store

Two years ago this week, employees of the Bill Jackson sporting goods store came to work to find an odd mixture of merchandise missing.

A stuffed deer head. Twelve pairs of suede hiking boots. Some scuba gear.

Also gone were more than 100 firearms, including high-caliber assault weapons.

Although the burglars remain at large, four men were arrested Monday and Tuesday because the stolen guns wound up in their hands. The four were accused of either possessing the guns, dealing in guns or altering serial numbers on the guns.

"It's a perfect example of how things get very complex following an initial offense," said Marianne Pasha, a spokeswoman for the Pinellas County sheriff.

Not long after the June 1993 burglary at the store, 9501 U.S. 19 N, Gregory George Dunay of Tampa went to the beach area near the Gandy Causeway. There, investigators say, he found three canvas bags filled with stolen guns.

He took one of them, a bag containing 20 handguns of various calibers, investigators say. Some were revolvers, others were semiautomatics.

At some point, Dunay sold the guns to Robert Thomas Loane of Clearwater, who eventually sold or traded them to others, officials said.

Five of the guns eventually were sold to a dealer in Michigan and two were sold to people in Orlando. Since the sheriff's investigation, however, all 20 guns have been found.

The combined value of the 20 guns recovered would be about $10,000.

"As the thing gets farther from the actual incident," Pasha said, "you can see how the guns get spread out."

Dunay, 32, was charged with dealing in stolen property. He was released from the Pinellas County Jail after paying $5,000 bail.

Loane, 43, of 29741 66th Way N in Clearwater, was charged with dealing in stolen property, possessing a firearm with serial numbers removed and cultivating marijuana. He was released from jail after paying $15,000 bail.

Michael Neil Bryan, 38, of 29781 66th Way N in Clearwater, was charged with unlawfully removing serial numbers from firearms. He was released after paying $500 bail.

His brother-in-law, Robin Leslie Eubanks, also was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. Eubanks, 34, of 29734 66th Way N in Clearwater, was released from jail after paying $5,000 bail.

Of the stolen weapons, some 25 have yet to be found. But their serial numbers have been registered on law enforcement computers and the investigation continues.

Doug Jackson, whose family owns the sporting goods store, declined to comment on the arrests.

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