Police and pawn shops work together to prevent illegal sales
MOSCOW, ID —
A burglary victim in Lewiston was reunited this week with their stolen rings, thanks to a checks-and-balances system between police and pawn shops.
“Every pawn shop is required to provide a general list of items obtained from the public,” said Captain Roger Lanier. “They do that through remittance of their pawn tickets, or pawn slips. Some pawn shops do it electronically.”
With the pawn tickets or slips, Moscow Police can cross check that information against stolen property records from all around the region with serial numbers and descriptions.
The pawn shops provide new reports weekly.
"We have a really good working relationship, but we also have a city code that requires pawn shops to provide to us a list, an itemized list of items that they obtained through their pawn business,” explained Lanier.
Captain Lanier said this diligence from their local pawn shops is the biggest reason why they’re able to solve most cases with stolen property so quickly.
"It's very easy once we find a pawn record to go back and track the person who pawned that item. They do show ID, they collect a lot of personal information that goes on the pawn slip, so it's a pretty complete record for us."
All pawn shops in Moscow require people to show ID if they’re selling something, and that ID and other information from the seller is then passed onto police.
So if your property is stolen, Captain Lanier said it helps if you know the serial number on the item because that will help get it back to you more than just a description.
The person in connection with the stolen rings out of Lewiston was arrested, and found to be in possession of more stolen property.
In the City of Lewiston, a code does not exist requiring pawn shops to report inventory.
However, police tell KLEW News all of Lewiston’s pawn shops are cooperative when it comes to investigations.