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Stolen, Wacky, Wavy, Inflatable, Tube Man, Recovered – Suspect Charged

RIDGE MANOR – Yesterday, RNRF reported the theft of a Wacky, Waving, Inflatable, Arm Flailing, Tube Man, from American Gun & Pawn Store in Brooksville.

Owner, Steve Champion provided RNRF with video surveillance, showing the suspect purchasing ammunition with his 10-year-old son, moments before he walked outside and stole the inflatable advertising device.

Champion contact RNRF last night to advise that a suspect had been identified, and that Brooksville Police were going to seek a warrant for his arrest.

According to reports, Detectives made contact with the suspect, identified as 36-year-old Gregory Michael Rapp at his home in Ridge Manor, where he admitted to the theft. Rapp turned over the device and it was returned to American Gun & Pawn.

Rapp says that although his son was in his company, he was unaware of the theft.

Rapp will be charged by warrant with misdemeanor petit theft.


BROOKSVILLE – Who steals from a gun store? The most unsuspecting pair says American Gun & Pawn owner, and County Commissioner Candidate, Steve Champion.

Champion says an adult male and his 8 to 10-year-old male companion walked into his store today and purchased some ammunition. Soon after they theft the store, Champion says the duo stole his $300, wacky, waving, inflatable, arm flailing, tube, advertising man.

The surveillance video below shows the suspects while they were inside the store.

If you have any information regarding the incident, please contact the Brooksville Police at 352-754-6800.

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  • Another moron pill head and he had a state job as a property manager. Wonder what else he has stolen.

    Sunday, 10 April 2016, 7:12 pm
  • I’ve always said rapp is crap!

    Monday, 28 March 2016, 3:15 pm
  • How could his 10 year son not know that his farther was stealing that thing, Did he have blinders on. Nice example he’s setting for his young son.

    Friday, 25 March 2016, 11:35 am
  • OK that’s a Rapp

    Friday, 25 March 2016, 10:31 am
  • Hey,
    Media Manipulation
    I don’t want to speak for Tom, but I would say, You don’t have to come and view the info and stories here if you think they are wrong.

    Express your first amendment rights and start your own blog or newspaper. And model it after CNN (LOL)

    Friday, 25 March 2016, 10:30 am
  • One could say he now has a Rapp Sheet now…

    Friday, 25 March 2016, 8:56 am
  • No accidents to chase down tommy boy? Are you expressing your first amendment rights telling us about a stolen toy? Be honest with yourself…. You are not part if the media…its OK buddy.

    Friday, 25 March 2016, 7:14 am
  • since the thief has been caught, his ammo should be seized along with any firearms he has. .

    Friday, 25 March 2016, 6:06 am
  • Just what everyone wants to have in their yard…
    Wonder why he stole it?
    More and more theifs are getting caught because they are not aware that cameras are EVERYWHERE!!!

    Friday, 25 March 2016, 12:25 am
    • thiefs….oops

      Friday, 25 March 2016, 12:27 am
  • And to comment about a theft with his son,..
    “If convicted” he sould lose total custody of his son.

    He certainly is a piece of crXp and is setting a real good example for our future leaders of our country.

    And I can’t believe they are not charging him with a felony? Who is this guy sheriff? a politician or a law enforcement cronie?

    Thursday, 24 March 2016, 11:55 pm
  • Tom,

    In your article, why do you have a photo for a guy running for office? is it the same guy?

    Thursday, 24 March 2016, 11:50 pm
  • Wow….that’s some important news.

    Thursday, 24 March 2016, 9:52 pm
  • Bad Rapp

    Thursday, 24 March 2016, 9:14 pm
  • Is it me, or this crime just doesn’t make sense. A gun store? Obvious security cameras? A child with you? I just dont understand how he thought he was just going to get away with this.

    Thursday, 24 March 2016, 9:12 pm
  • World of idiots…raising little idiots!

    Thursday, 24 March 2016, 7:54 pm
  • Humm, I can afford bullets, but I think I will steal this large wacky wavy thing, now get real. His son would have to be blind not to know his dad stole that (hope he’s not), but he is either teaching him how to steal at a young age or just doesn’t want his son to think he is a loser thief! Just my opinion. Glad you got your wavy thing back Mr Champion

    Thursday, 24 March 2016, 7:12 pm
  • Glad this incident was RAPPed up quickly!

    Thursday, 24 March 2016, 6:33 pm
  • Rapp you are a piece of crap I hope your son does not look up to you and your not getting father of the year and you with ammo OMG

    Thursday, 24 March 2016, 6:29 pm

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