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State will not file charges in case of son accused of stealing items from parents

By Staff | Jul 19, 2011

The state has decided not to file charges against a Cape Coral man accused of stealing items from his parent’s home in 2009 and pawning them.
Mark Richard Vann, 33, of 3038 S.W. 14th Ave., was arrested on July 1 on four counts of dealing in stolen property and fraud false owner information pawned items less than $300. He also was arrested on one count of larceny grand theft $100 to $300 and larceny theft is $300 but less than $5,000.
On July 7, the State Attorney’s Office decided not to file information on the 10 counts at the request of the victims, according to court documents.
In September 2009, Cape residents Ronald and Diane Vann returned from a vacation to discover that jewelry and power tools had been stolen from their home. The missing items were valued at more than $3,000, police reported.
The couple’s son, Vann, told his parents that a friend, Philip Walter Rayannic, had taken the items and pawned them at a North Fort Myers pawn shop.
Rayannic, who is now 26, was arrested and charged.
According to court records, he eventually pleaded no contest to dealing in stolen property and false verification of ownership identification to pawn broker. Rayannic was not prosecuted on one count of grand theft.
During an interview with detectives, Rayannic told police that Vann had also stolen items from his parents and pawned them. Detectives checked a pawn shop and allegedly found Vann had also pawned some of his parent’s things.
According to police, before detectives could locate and arrest Vann, he fled to Michigan. On July 1, authorities received a tip that Vann had came back to Florida and was in North Fort Myers. Cape police located and arrested him.
Ronald Vann previously reported that he and his wife dropped the charges against Vann immediately following his arrest. He explained at the time that they learned about their son’s involvement only after Vann had returned to Michigan, and they did not know that Vann was being sought by authorities.