Deputy pawned guns borrowed to teach concealed weapons class, sheriff says

Friend loaned Sig Sauer, Rock Island firearms to teach class

Former Sumter County Deputy William Rappleyea is charged with grand theft. (SCSO)

SUMTER COUNTY, Fla. – A Sumter County deputy was charged with grand theft Monday after a friend who loaned him six weapons to teach a concealed carry class said he pawned two of the firearms.

Officials with the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office said Deputy William Rappleyea borrowed the firearms from a friend of several years to teach a concealed weapons class. Last week, the friend asked for the guns back and Rappleyea said he pawned two of the guns, a Sig Sauer model 2022 and a Rock Island .45 caliber, according to the arrest report.

Deputies are still investigating the remaining the whereabouts of the four firearms.

Rappleyea is charged with two counts of grand theft, and two counts of violating the pawnbroker’s act. His bond was set at $6,000.

Rappleyea resigned Tuesday. He was employed with the Sheriff’s Office since April 2006 and was most recently assigned to the Community Outreach Division.

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