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Pawn shop owner accused of dealing in stolen property

A monthlong Pasco Sheriff's Office sting operation snared a pawn shop owner Wednesday on charges of dealing in stolen property, said sheriff's Detective Jim Garrison. Forrest Dean Foster, 45, of 12901 Colony Road, Hudson, was charged with 10 counts of dealing in stolen property and one count of economic assistance fraud for buying food stamps at half-price and selling them back to the government, according to a Sheriff's Office report. He was released from custody Thursday on $135,000 bail.

Detectives have recovered about $4,500 worth of stolen property from B


M Wholesale Salvage & Pawn, 9643 State Road 52, which is owned by Foster, Garrison said. Included in that amount was about $700 in power tools and other property that undercover deputies sold to Foster.

The shop deals in damaged food goods, such as dented canned foods, and is an authorized food stamp dealer, Garrison said. An undercover deputy sold $360 in food stamps to Foster for half price, which Foster later sold back to the federal government for $300, Garrison said.

Garrison said Foster's occupational license had expired in October, and the shop now is closed.

Hudson man charged

in abduction, beating

HUDSON _ A 32-year-old man was arrested Wednesday and charged with abducting and beating a 40-year-old woman last week, according to a Pasco Sheriff's Office report.

Albert Anthony Edwards, of 7620 Maryland Ave., Hudson, was charged with kidnapping and battery and was being held Thursday at the West Pasco Detention Center in lieu of $30,000 bail.

Authorities said he abducted the woman about 1 a.m. Feb. 17 at Pop's 49er Saloon at State Road 54 and County Road 595 in New Port Richey.The woman told detectives that she had been sexually assaulted, but Edwards had not been charged Thursday with the alleged assault.

He was taking the woman home about 7 a.m. Feb. 17 when he stopped at a gas station at the corner of U.S. 19 and Fivay Road, the report said. The woman went into the gas station for help, but Edwards carried her back to the car and forced her inside. A witness at the gas station saw the incident.

It was not clear from the report how the woman got away from Edwards. Edwards told detectives that he grabbed the woman in the bar and hit her in the face, the report said.

Arrest made in year-old convenience store heist

DADE CITY _ A man suspected of robbing a Dade City convenience store at knifepoint last year was arrested Wednesday by a Pasco County Sheriff's deputy.

William Joe Melton, 21, was arrested on a warrant for armed robbery. Police say that the Daytona Beach man took $61.54 from a cash register at the Farm Store, 1916 U.S. 301 S, last March 22.

The clerk at the store said Melton held a knife to his throat, shoved him to the floor, opened the cash register and fled. The clerk identified Melton in police snapshots.

Melton is being held in the East Pasco Detention Center in lieu of $25,000 bail.