NEW PORT RICHEY — A pawn shop 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.