Pawn shop manager arrested in connection to McDonald’s ring theft
NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla.- A pawn shop manager has been arrested in connection to the theft of a mentally disabled man’s most prized possession.
Ralph Castellano, 61, loves McDonald’s and has worked at one of the fast food restaurants in North Fort Myers for more than two decades. The company gave him a rare, 14-karat gold ring with a diamond for his 20 years of service in 2014. Castellano wore the ring everyday until it was stolen.
Lee County deputies say Richard Blevins took it right off of Castellano’s finger, then later sold it to Brandy Retherford at KC’s Pawn Shop, just blocks away from the restaurant. Detectives later caught and arrested Blevins and charged him accordingly.
Retherford was arrested, Friday in connection to the robbery. She was taken to the Lee County Jail and charged with dealing with stolen property, exploitation of a disabled adult and violation of the Florida Pawnbroker Act.