PUNTA GORDA, FL. - A Punta Gorda Airport manager of Hertz Rent-a-Car has been arrested for stealing a handgun accidentally left inside a rental car by a customer.
Charged with Grand Theft of a Firearm was 32-year-old Douglas John Orr.
Charlotte County Sheriff's Office received a call Saturday from a Punta Gorda resident who rented a car from Hertz at the airport to drive to Georgia. He said he went to pick up belongings from his deceased father that included a 1911 Springfield Armory .45 caliber firearm with a loaded magazine. He said he returned the rental car Friday and accidently left the handgun in its leather case. He told the deputy he went to the airport and talked to a Hertz clerk, who said they did not find a firearm, but took him to the car he rented, searched and found nothing. The clerk called manager, Douglas Orr, who said he located the weapon and turned it in to the sheriff’s office.
The victim called CCSO and talked to a deputy, who checked and said there was no report of a handgun being turned in. The victim went back to Hertz and talked to Orr. Orr told him he found the gun in his rental car, put it in a plastic bag and turned it in at the CCSO front office. A check again could not locate the missing gun.
Orr was asked to meet with deputies and when he arrived, he said he had something to tell the deputies. He said he was disappointed in himself and wanted to retract his comments made on the phone earlier. Orr stated the gun and holster were in the trunk of his car, but he threw away the ammunition. Deputies retrieved the gun from his car and returned the gun to the owner.
Orr was arrested and taken to the Charlotte County Jail; he posted a $2,500 bond and was released.