MAN TO BE ARRAIGNED IN ROGERS' GUN THEFT : CHARGES ARE EXTORTION, RECEIVING STOLEN GOODS.
A Green Valley man is due to be arraigned today in San Bernardino County in a case involving a cache of rare guns collected by Roy Rogers and Dale Evans and stolen from their daughter's Mojave Desert home.
Vincent Paul Jennemann, 41, faces charges of receiving stolen property and extortion following a sting by sheriff's deputies in the desert community of Apple Valley.
Jennemann, who lives in a small forest town north of Saugus, was arrested Tuesday - on Rogers' 85th birthday - and held on $35,000 bail in San Bernardino, sheriff's spokeswoman Deputy Jennie Risley said Wednesday.
Investigators do not believe it was Jennemann who broke into the home of Cheryl Barnett, the entertainers' daughter, and stole the gun collection. But they do believe he knowingly bought stolen guns that ended up for sale at an Oct. 17 gun show near Ojai, Risley said.
Barnett's husband, Larry Barnett, was at the show, spotted the guns from the family collection and struck up a conversation with the vendor, Risley said. Larry Barnett reported his find to Ventura County sheriff's deputies who, with the vendor's cooperation, seized all three of the guns displayed at the show.
Risley said that later Jennemann anonymously called Larry Barnett, aware of his interest in Rogers' guns. Larry Barnett, working with Apple Valley deputies, set up a meeting - a sting in which Jennemann was arrested and the remainder of the missing guns were recovered, Risley said.
The guns - about $10,000 worth of rare handguns and rifles - were returned to Cheryl Barnett, who described her father as ``tickled pink'' that his collection was returned.
Some of the guns are hand-carved, some were limited-issue guns and one dates back to 1917. At least one of the cases had Roy Rogers' name engraved on it.