Store clerk helps police catch alleged ammunition thief

Clerk used News4Jax app to identify suspect


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – After police put out a call to the public asking for help, a man that police said was responsible for stealing over $3,000 worth of ammunition from Gander Mountain is now behind bars, thanks to a quick thinking store clerk using the News4Jax cellphone app.

According to police, Ronald Oehler went into the Gander Mountain with a small child who was wearing a book bag. The two then went into the ammunition section of the store, and that's where police said Oehler loaded the child's book bag with $3,200 worth of ammo.

According to reports, Oehler kept one box of ammo in his hand and headed to the checkout. That's when he pulled out a debit card to pay for the item but that card was denied. Fortunately, the clerk wrote down the man's name.

On Thursday, two police officers walked into the Kangaroo Express on Pulaski Road where a clerk stopped the officers and showed them a news article from the News4Jax app on her phone about the robbery and told them that the suspect wanted in the case was in a vehicle in the parking lot.

Police got into their cruiser and followed the car, eventually making a traffic stop where they found Oehler and arrested him.

Oehler surrendered to police and is being charged with grand theft, burglary, burglary to a vehicle, dealing in stolen property, uttering a forged document and false verification on a pawn broker.

Records show that this isn't the first time Oehler has had a run-in with the law. He has pages worth of criminal history, including petty-theft convictions and drug-related charges.