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Former Sugarcreek gun manager pleads not guilty

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    Joe Potosky Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Former Sugarcreek gun shop manager pleads not guilty

    By Jeremy P. Kelley, Staff Writer

    Cox Ohio Publishing, Dayton, Ohio

    BELLBROOK — Vince Amann, who managed the Sugarcreek Pro Gun store for three years until it closed in April, pleaded not guilty Dec. 10 to two counts of theft by deception in Xenia Municipal Court.

    Bellbrook police said people gave guns to Amann for him to sell on consignment, but Amann sold the guns and never gave their owners the money from the sale.

    Amann said Thursday, Dec. 24, he wouldn’t comment on how the consignment guns were sold.

    “I was just the manager of the store,” Amann said. “The shop was closed by the owner, Roger Harris. If anyone has any problem with something missing, they need to contact the owner.”

    Bellbrook police said firearms were sold legally at Sugarcreek Pro Gun, 15 S. Main St., under the federal firearms license held by Harris. But then Harris decided to sell guns out of The Archery Shop in Carlisle, so Sugarcreek Pro Gun could no longer legally sell.

    Bellbrook police said Amann tried to get his own federal firearms license so he could open a shop around the corner at 34 E. Franklin St., but was denied by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Amann declined comment on getting his own license.

    Several people who had given guns to Sugarcreek Pro Gun for repair or sale were directed to Harris’ shop in Carlisle, according to Bellbrook detective Keith Salyers.

    “Harris took the inventory that had been up here, down there,” Salyers said. “For a lot of complainants who dropped their gun off and said they never got it fixed or got it back, (Harris) found them in his inventory and returned the guns back to them.”

    Harris does not face any criminal charges in Xenia Municipal Court, and a civil suit that was originally filed against Amann and Harris by a gun wholesaler has dropped Harris as a defendant.

    Salyers said an ATF investigation dealing with Sugarcreek Pro Gun is ongoing. ATF officials would not confirm an investigation this fall, and could not be reached.

    New gun store

    A new firearms shop called Bellbrook Guns and Supplies is opening in the old Sugarcreek Pro Gun space. Perry and Nancy Fitch are listed as the owners, and store employees said they are still in the process of stocking the store.

    Contact this reporter at (937) 225-2278 or jkelley@DaytonDailyNews.com.

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