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Proposed Manatee law would clamp down on stolen goods

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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.

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