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Deputies: Former school guardian pawned his gun, magazines, body armor

Pinellas County deputies say the 37-year-old pawned the issued equipment multiple times and then re-bought them later.
Credit: Pinellas County Sheriff's Office

CLEARWATER, Fla. — A former school guardian was arrested after deputies say he pawned his gun and other issued equipment and then re-bought them later.

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said Erick Russell, 37, was first arrested on Sept. 5 on charges of domestic battery and false imprisonment. Deputies say they learned Russell was a school guardian with equipment issued by the sheriff's office.

Through an investigation, deputies found Russell had pawned his issued Glock 17 9mm gun, a body armor vest and magazines multiple times at Value Pawn on US 19 in Clearwater.

Deputies say Russell admitted to pawning the items because he needed gas money.

Russell was charged with five counts of false verification of ownership.

A spokesperson with the Pinellas County school district said Russell began employment there in another role in April 2014. He is no longer employed in the school district.

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