Crystal Gorman, a 30-year-old woman from Florida, was accused of stealing her sick father’s weapon collection and pawning it. The stolen collection included 47 guns and a set of knives. The Florida woman now faces charges of grand theft, dealing in stolen property, and providing false data on ownership when pawning, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s office.
Deputies say Gorman’s father, 58-year-old Robert Carter, had a stroke a year ago and had recently been moved to a rehabilitation center. He had some concerns about his house as he learned that Hurricane Irma had left a fallen tree on it. When the storm was over, Carter asked his sister and one of his friends to go to his house and check the damages caused by Irma. At the time they entered the house, they found Carter’s gun collection and a set of knives missing, as stated in official records.
According to investigators, Gorman had actually started pawning her father’s weapons to some local pawn shops since April, and most of the guns had already been sold. In fact, the police could trace the weapons only because Carter provided a list of the serial numbers of the given items. When shown photos of the remaining guns for identification, Carter claimed them as part of his own collection, deputies say.
Crystal Gorman was arrested on Thursday in Volusia, Florida. Notwithstanding, she is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.