Rotterdam pens pawn shop rules

Law aims to help police recover stolen item and make arrests

— On “numerous” occasions stolen items have ended up at secondhand dealers, Hamilton said. As the price of gold and silver has increased, he said the frequency of theft and burglaries has also gone up.

“It is no one incident, it is a series, and over the years, several (of them),” he said.

Some pawnshops and jewelry storeowners have been cooperative with police, but he said there are other stores that are not.

“A reputable jewelry store will already take ID; they don’t need a local law,” he said. “There are other stores that are not so reputable and will take jewelry, knowing full well that is likely stolen, from anyone that brings it in.”

Without a law governing how secondhand dealers operate, police are left with little recourse. The cities of Schenectady and Albany have similar laws being enforced, according to Hamilton.

“An unscrupulous owner or manager will be able to have a good idea if something is stolen and they are going to melt that down right away,” he said, “so when we do go there the next day it is not there.”

He said police are planning to make sure storeowners comply with the new law once it is approved. Police are currently compiling a list of stores in which the new law would apply.

“They can have it melted down so there is no recovery and track back to this kind of evidence without this type of law,” Buffardi said.

Vote on this Story by clicking on the Icon


Use the comment form below to begin a discussion about this content.

Sign in to comment