MASON CITY – A convicted Mason City felon is in jail for allegedly pawning a stolen guitar.
Ronald Benjamin Bakkum, age 46, is in the Cerro Gordo County Jail at this time, charged with felony D second degree theft.
According to police, Bakkum is accused of pawning a stolen guitar at a pawn shop. The guitar was stolen from a Mason City residence shortly before December 1, 2013.
“The value of the guitar was over $1000 so he was charged with 2nd Degree Theft,” officer Mike McKelvey explained Monday. “The 2nd Degree Theft charge includes exercising control over property which a reasonable person should / would know to be stolen.”
Bakkum plead guilty to felony D forgery in 2010 and still owes Iowa courts hundreds of dollars in costs and charges, although Judge Colleen Weiland was kind enough to dismiss a $750.00 fine.