Proposed Ordinance Could Make Selling Stolen Items More Difficult

WAYNESBORO, Va -- Waynesboro City Council may consider an ordinance that could help keep thieves from selling stolen jewelry or gold.

The ordinance will require pawn shops and other dealers to use a computer program called Leads Online to submit a report when purchasing metals, jewelry or firearms. The program will require the shops to submit an image that will include a date and time stamp. This will help police track down stolen items sold to pawn shops. Some pawn shops think it could help police solve many burglary cases.

"It's helping local victims that have take a lost, so it's only a good thing if anything," said Navinder Dhillon, who owns a pawn shop. "People will definitely think twice before they take their stolen merchandise to a shop that does use Leads Online, so like I said, it's definitely a deterrent, and I think they should definitely look into getting this."

A public hearing will be held Monday at Waynesboro City Hall at 7 p.m.


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