Friday, Dec 19, 2014

Cousins Gold and Silver owner arrested

Hernando Today staff report

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SPRING HILL - The owner of Cousins Gold and Silver was arrested for breaking a Florida law which requires secondhand dealers to hold items for 15 says before re-selling them, according to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.

Detectives arrested Dean Messina, who owns the store at 5325 Commercial Way in Spring Hill, on Thursday. He was released on $1,000 bail a few hours later.

An investigation concluded Messina's shop bought a Troy Built lawnmower, brought in by Richard Carter Jr., for $600 Feb. 8. The mower was reported stolen from a Langan Street home, and detectives learned Messina's shop sold the mower the day it came into the shop.

Carter was arrested on charges of defrauding a secondhand dealer, dealing in stolen property and grand theft from a person 65 years or older. The 42-year-old was being held on $9,000 bail.

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