Proposed Manatee law would clamp down on stolen goods - WFLA News Channel 8

Proposed Manatee law would clamp down on stolen goods

Posted: Updated:
Pawn shops like Adams Family Pawn already go through strict rules. Adams said, "If they agree with my price, they have to give me their ID. I take down their name, address, phone number, and I usually take a picture of them and of the item. Pawn shops like Adams Family Pawn already go through strict rules. Adams said, "If they agree with my price, they have to give me their ID. I take down their name, address, phone number, and I usually take a picture of them and of the item.
MANATEE COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -

The Manatee County Sheriff's Office wants a new law to crack down on stolen goods.

The sheriff recently urged commissioners to consider a proposed ordinance that would put big restrictions on second hand dealers like cash for gold shops.

The Sheriff's Office is urging the passing of an ordinance to put a stop the stolen goods. A spokesman said deputies have had problems recovering items that were taken to second hand dealers like cash for gold shops.

The proposed ordinance would put some serious restrictions on pawn shops. For example, it would require dealers to take photos and detailed information on sellers. It would also require an online inventory of items complete with serial numbers so the public can access it.

If sellers are paid more than a hundred dollars, the dealer must pay by check, and the ordinance would allow law enforcement to search stores at any time.

Jerry Adams with Adams Family Pawn said, "If something is stolen, we hold it, police come look at it."

Pawn shops like Adams Family Pawn already go through strict rules. Adams said, "If they agree with my price, they have to give me their ID. I take down their name, address, phone number, and I usually take a picture of them and I take a picture of the items."

Everything he receives is inventoried with the police. And thanks to the rules, he rarely has a problem with stolen goods. Adams said, "[Stolen goods constitute] only about 1% per year, of all the sales, of all the pawns and buys I do."

Of course, not all second hand dealers are dealing with stolen goods, but the sheriff's office is hopeful that an ordinance like this can put a stop to this kind of crime.

The ordinance is currently undergoing revisions, and there's no clear word at this time as to when it will be taken up for a vote.

Related Content:
Read: The proposed ordinance

  • 8 On Your SideMore>>

  • Pinellas homeowner ends up the loser after local government mistake on property taxes

    Pinellas homeowner ends up the loser after local government mistake on property taxes

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 5:59 PM EDT2014-07-22 21:59:58 GMT
    This Preservation land is at heart of homeowner tax dispute in PinellasThis Preservation land is at heart of homeowner tax dispute in Pinellas
    Melanie and Jeffrey Cornwell should have been getting a tax break for years on part of the homestead property in Dunedin they call their "little piece of Heaven." But due to a mistake at the Pinellas Property Appraiser's Office, they won't see any rebates for previous taxes, just a break on future tax bills.
    Melanie and Jeffrey Cornwell should have been getting a tax break for years on part of the homestead property in Dunedin they call their "little piece of Heaven." But due to a mistake at the Pinellas Property Appraiser's Office, they won't see any rebates for previous taxes, just a break on future tax bills.
  • RECALL: Fruit at Trader Joe's & Costco

    RECALL: Fruit at Trader Joe's & Costco

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 5:45 PM EDT2014-07-22 21:45:14 GMT
    A Central California company has issued a voluntary nationwide recall of specific lots of its fresh peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots over concerns of possible listeria contamination.
    A Central California company has issued a voluntary nationwide recall of specific lots of its fresh peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots over concerns of possible listeria contamination.
  • How thieves clone your credit cards

    How thieves clone your credit cards

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 9:15 AM EDT2014-07-22 13:15:02 GMT
    File photoFile photo
    Patricia Stack didn't know her debit card number had been stolen until she tried to withdraw money from her bank account. "A couple weeks ago I tried to get money out to pay my power bill and there was nothing in it."
    Patricia Stack didn't know her debit card number had been stolen until she tried to withdraw money from her bank account. "A couple weeks ago I tried to get money out to pay my power bill and there was nothing in it."
  • Sign up for WFLA News Channel 8 Email Alerts

    * denotes required fields






    Thank you for signing up! You will receive a confirmation email shortly.
Powered by WorldNow

200 South Parker Street, Tampa, FL 33606

Telephone: 813.228.8888
Fax: 813.225.2770
Email: news@wfla.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.