Man charged with pawning 27 guns, jewelry stolen from Bradenton home

Herald Staff ReportJanuary 16, 2014 


MANATEE -- A Sarasota man was arrested after deputies say he pawned items that were stolen from a Bradenton home his friend was staying at, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

Thomas Jake Leggett was arrested Jan. 10 and charged with 10 counts of defrauding a pawn broker and 22 counts of dealing in stolen property, according to an arrest report.

Leggett was introduced to the victim by a friend, and codefendant, who was homeless and had been staying at the victim's home since October, the report said. Leggett was paid for some work he did around the victim's home.

The codefendant reportedly had full access to the house other than the master bedroom and a room located next to the bedroom the codefendant was staying in.

On Jan. 9, the victim discovered that 27 guns he had stored in a box in a closet were gone, according to the report.

Neighbors told investigators they saw Leggett and the codefendant loading a bunch of long metal rods into a pick-up on Jan. 5. Detectives were able to match the make, model and registration of the pick-up to one owned by Leggett, the report states.

Investigators placed both their names into the pawn shop databases and uncovered that Leggett had sold soma of the jewelry that was stolen from the home at a local pawn shop during multiple visits in November.

Leggett remains in custody at the Manatee County jail on bonds totaling $216,000.

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