SEBRING — A nearly year-long investigation into a gun theft resulted this week in the arrest of a Sebring man, according to a warrant affidavit released Tuesday.
William Michael Goodhue, 49, 100 Red Pine Drive, Sebring, was arrested by the Sebring Police Department and charged with giving false information to a pawnbroker, grand theft of a firearm and dealing in stolen property.
A woman had reported in June 2016 that someone stole a handgun from her, the report said.
At some point, Goodhue contacted the woman, and while denying he stole the gun said he was trying to get it back from a drug dealer in Orlando.
In some text messages, Goodhue told the woman he would return the firearm to her.
The investigation by the Sebring Police Department, however, showed that Goodhue had pawned the gun the day of the theft, the warrant said.
Florida Department of Corrections records online show that Goodhue is on probation for introduction of contraband into a jail. His probation was scheduled to end on March 22, 2022.