Police Want New Pawn Shop Rules To Aid In Recovering Stolen Goods

Oct 20, 2013

Police in Springfield Massachusetts want pawn shops and second-hand stores to be required to hold on to merchandise longer to help trace property stolen in house break-ins

A regulation that would require stores in Springfield to hold used items for 30 days  instead of the current ten-day hold  and have a computerized inventory has been bottled up for months in a committee of the Springfield City Council.   Councilor Tom Ashe , with the backing of the city’s police commissioner, said he’ll try to force the item to the floor of the council Monday for an up or down vote.

Critics charge the regulation is anti-business and they’ve raised privacy issues about making the local pawn shops’ inventory records  available to police departments throughout New England.