Two men arrested in Placida robbery

Charlotte Sun (Port Charlotte, FL) – Friday, May 17, 2013


PLACIDA — Two Rotonda West men were arrested Wednesday in connection with the armed robbery of a local convenience store Tuesday evening, as well as a Rotonda residential burglary that occurred a few nights prior, according to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office.

Karl William Recine, 26, of the 100 block of Annapolis Lane, and Matthew Ryhan McNanna, 25, of the 100 block of Rotonda Circle, both face charges of burglary of an occupied dwelling and grand theft auto, after they allegedly stole a motorcycle from a Rotonda West residence Sunday night and used it in connection with a robbery Tuesday at Barracuda Bill’s Mobile convenience store in Placida.

McNanna also was charged with armed robbery with a firearm, grand theft, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and committing a second-degree felony while wearing a hood or mask after detectives believe he was the helmet-clad robber who held the store clerk at gunpoint around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday with a sawed-off shotgun and made off on a motorcycle with a backpack filled with an undisclosed amount of cash, according to a sheriff’s report.

‘(The victim) is still a little shook up about the whole thing,’ said Vince Vuolo, a cashier at Barracuda Bill’s, on the 8600 block of Placida Road. ‘He’s not sure if he wants to work the 3 (p.m.) to 11 (p.m.) shift anymore, and I don’t blame him.’


Another clerk told authorities he was on his way to work when he saw a motorcycle with dual headlights traveling at high speed. This was shortly after the robbery.

Detectives believed the motorcycle matched the description of a green 2001 Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle that reportedly was stolen early Sunday morning from a residence on the 200 block of Annapolis Lane in Rotonda West.

The CCSO street crimes division began watching Recine’s Annapolis Lane residence Wednesday because there was a warrant out for his arrest and he lived near where the burglary occurred, a report stated.

Around noon Wednesday, a woman driving a Saturn reportedly picked up both Recine and McNanna at Recine’s house. Detectives pulled the woman over for running a stop sign on Rotonda Circle, the report shows. Inside the vehicle, they reportedly found a blue bag containing two bricks and clothes matching the robbery suspect’s description, along with black spray paint and the same type of red bank-deposit pouch used at Barracuda Bill’s.

McNanna later told detectives that he stood as lookout when Recine stole the green motorcycle, and that he helped Recine push it to his house on Annapolis Lane and spray-paint it black, a report stated.

McNanna reportedly told detectives he and Recine had planned the robbery together because Recine needed $800 for bond money. He said they put bricks in the bag to sink the evidence, the report shows.

McNanna claimed Recine had committed the robbery, but detectives believed McNanna did it because he better matched the witness’ description and knew too many details of the crime, according to the report.

McNanna and Recine were arrested Wednesday night. In addition to the other charges, Recine was charged with being a principal in the first degree to armed robbery with a firearm, along with an unrelated charge (from the warrant) of failure to appear, on the original charges of possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Both were held without bond at the Charlotte County Jail.

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