How Pawn Shops Prevent People from Selling Stolen Items

How Pawn Shops Prevent People from Selling Stolen Items

It’s been a long standing stigma that pawn shops are nothing more than a hot bed for criminals to take their stolen merchandise and cash in on their crimes without much pushback. Fortunately, this stigma is being combatted, one case of cooperation with law enforcement at a time.

How pawn shops prevent people from selling stolen items

Pawn shops are small businesses, like other small businesses, they are in business for a profit. Also, like other businesses, they have a set of laws and regulations that apply to their type of business. The laws do vary from state to state in regards to how to handle suspected stolen merchandise. For example, in some states, pawn shops are not required to report to local law enforcement officials at all when suspected stolen merchandise is brought in. On the other end of the spectrum, in Ohio, pawn shops are required to report daily to local law enforcement officers on items taken in, either for a loan or purchased outright. There are other factors that may cause pawn shops to operate and report different ways, even in the same jurisdiction.

The software used to track intake merchandise, and how the pawn shops are directed to track stolen merchandise, can affect how the pawn shop will handle merchandise they believe could be stolen.

How Pawn Shops Identify Stolen Items

Police Reports

police report

The most common way that shops check items to see if they’re stolen, is by checking to see if the serial number on the item matches that of an item recently reported stolen to the police. Often times, local law enforcement will send out reports, via fax and/or email, to local pawn shops in Apache Junction requesting that they keep an eye out for certain items that have been reported stolen.

If an item does come in that has been identified as stolen, pawn shops may choose to take it in anyways and inform the police immediately. This way, the item is returned more quickly to its owner, and a person pawning needs to provide identification, which can be used down the road to prosecute the person pawning the stolen merchandise.


Pawn shops look for any tampering

If the serial number has obviously been recently removed or filed off an item, that could be a clear sign that the item is not legally theirs. Missing identifying information is not a normal occurrence, so when a pawn shop work does see that, it is a red flag.

Suspect Behavior

Pawn shops look for suspicious behavior

When someone brings an item in, and they do not have the ability to easily explain where they got the item, and cannot answer simple questions about it, the item may not be theirs. This is truer when pawning high priced jewelry where the details of the diamond may come into account. If a young man, for example, comes in with a piece of high priced, lady’s jewelry, there may be more probing questions asked to make sure the jewelry is his to pawn. There are plenty of reasons for a young man to have such an item, but it is better for the purchaser to be more inquisitive and err on the side of caution.

If the seller appears to get nervous or stressed by the questions being asked, the purchaser may become more suspect that the item is not theirs and can choose to refuse the transaction altogether.

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Helping Law Enforcement

Pawn shops help the police

There are many reasons for a pawn shop to cooperate with local law enforcement when it comes to suspicion of stolen items. Pawn shops enjoy a certain reputation for being the place for bad guys to turn crime into profit. It’s a reputation that they obviously do not want hanging around their necks. They want their customers to know that they are entering an honest business where they will be well taken care of.

Apache Junction pawn shops will avoid taking in stolen merchandise whenever they can, but sometimes, it is unavoidable. When this happens, pawn store owners and workers are usually more than willing to help the police in whatever way they can. They want to earn the reputation of being a good community member, of being an honest Arizonan, and of being a law abiding business.

To combat the stigma, many pawn shops choose to report any suspected hot items to local law enforcement. There are, of course, different requirements depending on what jurisdiction the shop is located in. Most Arizona pawn stores will go out of their way to help law enforcement, when they can, to locate and return stolen items. This builds trust with local law enforcement, and allows the pawn shop to become a more respected business in their community.

Although stolen items are becoming sparser at Arizona pawn stores, it can happen. We will do what we can to stop stolen merchandise from being taken in at any of our 9 Valley locations. We believe in the ability to serve our communities pawn shop needs as they come, and work with local law enforcement when necessary to earn and keep our customer’s trust.

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2018-12-28T19:47:14+00:00 October 25th, 2017|Categories: Arizona|0 Comments