Thursday, July 24, 2008

Pawned Rental TV Leads To Man’s Arrest

A man was arrested Wednesday on felony charges after he had his girlfriend pawn a TV he had rented, sheriff’s reports said.

Michael Lafferty, 38, 813 95th Avenue, Naples Park, was charged with defrauding a pawnbroker and dealing in stolen property.

Arrest reports say George Beauzieux of Rent-A-Center, 8951 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, told deputies he received a phone call from Jennifer Augustyn on July 14, telling him that she had pawned a TV that Lafferty, her boyfriend, had rented. She told him the TV could be located at First Pawn Jewelry and Pawn, 889 Airport-Pulling Road, East Naples, reports said.

Deputies conducted a pawn check and located the TV at that location, reports said.

Lafferty had rented the 32 inch Sonly LCD TV, valued at $1,249.50, on May 13, reports said.

An investigation showed Augustyn pawned the TV at First Pawn on June 12 in exchange for $300, reports said.

Augustyn told deputies she did not know the TV was a rental when Lafferty asked her to pawn it, reports said. When she later discovered it was from Rent-A-Center she called the store to report it had been pawned, reports said.