NEW PORT RICHEY
OWNER CHARGED IN Pawnshop JEWELRY SAlEs
A pawnshop owner was arrested this week on charges he bought a batch of stolen jewelry and lied to the victim who came looking for it. Andrew Christopher Yasparro, owner of Pasco Jewelry and Pawn at 6217 U.S. 19, paid $460 for an assortment of gold and diamond jewelry, according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report. But he did not complete the required pawnbroker's paperwork for the items, knowing that would bring them to the attention of the Sheriff's Office, the report said. Yasparro told deputies he was just "helping out a friend," the report said. Later, when the victim came to the pawn shop asking if her jewelry was there, Yasparro told her no, the report said. Yasparro, 29, of 2527 Stanhope Drive, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of dealing in stolen property. He was released on $10,000 bail. The man accused of stealing the jewelry, Michael Kapetanis, 30, of New Port Richey, remains at the Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $28,000 bail on various theft-related charges.
Caregiver accused of bilking patient
A caregiver is accused of racking up about $2,000 on a credit card belonging to the 62-year-old quadriplegic in her care. Faith Rosalyn Eshleman, 51, had been caring for the man for about six weeks when his Visa bill arrived with $1,961 in charges he didn't recognize, according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report. The victim had called deputies a month earlier to report about $1,200 in transfers from his bank to another account he didn't recognize. He suspected one of his caregivers was the culprit. Eshleman, who is on drug offender probation for uttering forged bills, fraudulent use of credit cards and personal ID and organized fraud, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of grand theft and 11 counts of fraudulent use of a credit card. Eshleman, of 3648 Rosewater Drive in Holiday, remained Wednesday at the Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $27,000 bail.
Nominations for industry awards
The Pasco Economic Development Council is accepting nominations for its 2010 Industry of the Year Awards. Companies are recognized for job creation, increased capital investment and contributions to the community through civic involvement. Awards are presented for the following categories: Manufacturing, Service/Distribution, Technology, Entrepreneurship and/or Exporting. Nomination forms are available on the EDC's Web site, pascoedc.com, and must be submitted by April 30. For information, call (813) 926-0827.