NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. — A 25-year-old man was arrested last month after deputies claim he pawned items stolen from the former mayor of Port Richey.

Pasco County sheriff's deputies say Jacob Stone sold two items to Gold Mine Pawn in New Port Richey for $350. Investigators say the items pawned were an Ovation guitar in a case and Swarovski brand binoculars.

Deputies say the guitar case contained a laminated letter addressed to Dale Massad. The binoculars also reportedly had "Dr Massad" written on them in black marker.

According to the sheriff's office, the items were reported stolen from Massad, who said Stone never had permission to own or pawn the items.

Stone was charged with false verification of ownership $300 or more.

Massad is the former mayor of Port Richey. He was arrested in February after authorities say he shot at deputies who were trying to arrest him for practicing medicine without a license.

Jury selection began Monday for Massad's trial.

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