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Pawn shop regs approved

Database to help police track sellers

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Posted: Wednesday, February 9, 2011 6:00 am

Pawnbrokers and second-hand shops in Oro Valley soon will have a new set of rules.

The Oro Valley Town Council on Wednesday, Feb. 2, voted unanimously to adopt rules that mandate stricter bookkeeping and tracking of sellers.

“Ordinances of this sort exist in communities all around,” Oro Valley Police Chief Danny Sharp told the council.

Council members questioned the chief about the possible impact on businesses and any increase in workloads for the police when the new rules take effect.

The regulations are written to make it more difficult for people to traffic in stolen items. Under the regulations, sellers have to provide the businesses with their name, permanent address and telephone number.

The stores have to maintain records that include the physical description of a seller and a description of the items being sold. The make, model and serial numbers of items sold also have to be recorded.

“It really isn’t going to create anything more for us,” Sharp said, explaining that the department subscribes to an online service that tracks the sale of pawn and second-hand items.

Pawnshops are required to enter the information into the online database, which police can later access to find stolen items.

“We’ve recovered numerous items from the Phoenix area,” Sharp told the council.

The new regulation would apply to three existing Oro Valley businesses: Play It Again Sports, Sheffield’s Diamonds and Game Stop.

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