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7 pawnshops issued illegal purchase citations

Thursday, May 22, 2014 3:55 PM
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Seven Augusta pawnshops were issued magistrate court citations after a sheriff’s office investigation into the illegal purchase of precious metals or gems.



Plainclothes deputies visited 30 pawnshops and gold buyers over several days to review improper or illegal purchase procedures.

According to a statement from the sheriff’s office, officers were searching for businesses or individuals who purchase gold, silver or platinum metals or precious gems without a regulatory permit, or without obtaining identification from the seller or documenting the sale. Proper documentation of a sale includes a receipt of purchase, photos of the items, fingerprints and daily reporting to authorities.

Seven of the sellers were found in violation for not obtaining identification documenting the sale. Those sellers include: GA Pawn and Jewelry, 1659 Gordon Highway; EZQ Pawn, 2160 Martin Luther King Blvd; Miller Pawn, 2852 Deans Bridge Road; Hephzibah Pawn, 2356 Highway 88 in Hephzibah; Golden Jewelers, 3205 Deans Bridge Road; Simons Auto Sales, Printing and Gold Buying, 2225 Wheeless Road; and King’s Jewelers, 3450 Wrightsboro Road in Augusta Mall.

Three of those – Golden Jewelers, Simons Auto Sales, Printing and Gold Buying and King’s Jewelers — were also found to not have permits from the sheriff’s office.

The businesses or individuals issued citations will be required to go before a magistrate court judge. The findings will then be forwarded to the licensing and inspection department, which has the power to add additional fines and fees, revoke a license or issues a cease order, according to the sheriff’s office.

Anyone interested in the business of purchasing or dealing in precious metals, precious gems or antique coins is asked to contact Investigator Kendall Brown at (706) 821-1440 or Deputy Cheryl Shields at (706) 821-1447 for information on obtaining a permit or record keeping requirements.

Failure to comply with the law will result in citations, fines, confiscation of illegally purchased materials and possibly the revocation of a business license, the sheriff’s office said.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/22/14 - 03:00 pm
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Augusta has 30 pawn shops?

Augusta has 30 pawn shops? Heh, heh, heh.

jimmymac
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jimmymac 05/22/14 - 03:01 pm
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ABBETORS
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Businesses like these assist thieves selling stolen merchandise. There wouldn't be a market for these stolen items without unscrupulous business abetting their actions. Don't issue them citations. Close them down!

nocnoc
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nocnoc 05/22/14 - 03:52 pm
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I demand a recount

They must counting the Title Pawns also...

harley_52
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harley_52 05/22/14 - 04:47 pm
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"They must counting the Title Pawns also..."

They give you money and you get to keep driving your car.

What a deal!

harley_52
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harley_52 05/22/14 - 04:50 pm
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"Augusta has 30 pawn shops? Heh, heh, heh."

Yes, look at those stoopid people who live in Augusta.

Columbia County people are so far superior and enlightened.

Heh, heh, heh....

specsta
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specsta 05/22/14 - 04:57 pm
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Just Bust Everybody For Everything - We Can Afford It

Whew! Now I can finally sleep at night knowing that pawn shops and gold buyers who don't follow proper procedure are now BUSTED!

I guess that the armed robbers, rapists, home-invaders, murderers, and other violent criminals have all been caught in Richmond County, and Augusta has become a "leave your door unlocked" kind of town, thanks to the RCSO.

Wait a minute - wasn't the RCSO praying for the SPLOST to pass so they could fight crime? That without those funds they would be like Mayberry and Sheriff Andy?

It seems like funds are available to devote resources and manpower to do trivial pawn shop busts but they are still begging for funds? Something ain't right here...

Navy Gary
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Navy Gary 05/22/14 - 10:28 pm
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I agree with specsta...

I agree with specsta. Looks like somebody didn't get their cut or something. With all the gangs and killings going on, you'd think the SD would have better sense than to even make public a numb-skull bust like this. What were they thinking? Just more proof that we are now more watched and far less free than the cold war Soviet Union that we spent 17 trillion dollars to keep from becoming.

csraguy
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csraguy 05/22/14 - 05:37 pm
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Specsta

Glad you can sleep, and you should sleep much better since violent and property crimes were reduced last year and are down over 12% again this year thus far thanks in part to the fine men and women of the RCSO under the leadership of the Sheriff.

It is necessary and important to check on these pawn shops to ensure they are following the law otherwise criminals, home invaders and burglars will continue using them to pawn illegally gained merchandise. Those store owners who obey the laws and cooperate with police help lead investigators to many arrests and reduce crime in the area. This is no different than all of the many thefts in the past of copper and other metals that were occurring and were greatly reduced thanks in part to enforcement of these laws at businesses such as scrap yards, etc. which also netted plenty of arrests as viewed in previous Augusta Chronicle articles.

Your posts often blast the RCSO for not doing their job but you are doing so without the facts or a clue as to what you are talking about. Investigations such as this not only help to solve burglaries in the area but work towards reducing petty crime and burglaries by making it more difficult to sell the merchandise.

As for SPLOST, it lost by a few hundred votes and will negatively impact the Sheriff's Office, 911 Center and the Fire Department for many items they need to update their equipment and to become more efficient with less personnel. If you consider that to be a good thing, so be it.

harley_52
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harley_52 05/22/14 - 06:18 pm
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A Few Months Ago....

...near the twentieth anniversary of having a pistol stolen from my home in a burglary, I received a call from the RCSO advising me the pistol had been recovered from a local pawn shop where someone had attempted to pawn it for cash. I had long ago written it off as a lost cause.

Sometimes the system works as advertised and the RCSO handled the whole thing with professionalism and courtesy.

My thanks to them for a job well done...

dichotomy
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dichotomy 05/22/14 - 06:51 pm
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Oh yeh, they can bust a few

Oh yeh, they can bust a few pawn shops.......but just try to get them to come out if someone hits your house and car with a shotgun. I guess there isn't much danger and damned little urgency in checking pawn shop permits. I'm sure RCSO can handle that.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 05/22/14 - 07:55 pm
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dichotomy - check your email & call me

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Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 05/22/14 - 08:16 pm
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A Better Way

There are legitimate gold buying businesses where you may buy and sell your gold with less hassle than these pawn shop rules. Sure, the dealer knows your name and you know his, but all the photos, fingerprints, and daily reporting to the law are not part of the deal.

I've had very good luck with reputable mail-order gold dealers. You can bypass the local ordinances this way. And there is no sales tax when you use a discrete mail-order gold broker.

specsta
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specsta 05/23/14 - 12:32 am
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Crime Is Dropping - Period

csraguy wrote - "...violent and property crimes were reduced last year and are down over 12% again this year thus far thanks in part to the fine men and women of the RCSO under the leadership of the Sheriff."

Crime rates have been going down for the last two decades. Everywhere. It will continue to decline, despite whatever "pat ourselves on the back" accolades law enforcement gives themselves.

http://thesocietypages.org/papers/crime-drop/

Some researchers have pointed to the reduction of lead in the environment (lead-free gas, the removal of lead paint from older buildings, etc.) as a major factor in the decline of violent crimes, as lead exposure has been connected to violent behavior.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/bal-te.lead09may09,0,5552406,f...

Other factors in crime reduction include the fact that the population is aging, as criminal activity is mostly a young man's game.

The main concern is the focus of law enforcement on petty crimes and infractions, as opposed to violent crimes with victims. When armed robbers are hitting fast food joints where teenagers work, and murdered folks are found in fields around town, sending officers around town over several days to visit pawnshops should be at the lowest priority. The same with prostitution stings.

There is also the fact that road blocks, checkpoints, and other heavy shows of police presence doesn't make people feel safe - it makes them feel less free, it makes them feel persecuted, where a simple mistake could lead to an arrest or large fines that they are unable to pay.

Folks don't want to get robbed at gunpoint, murdered, raped, or violently assaulted and beaten. That's the priority. With limited funds, as RCSO claims to be subjected to, there has to be a focus on the physical safety of citizens. It seems that a person would prefer to see their teenager not being shot at a fast food job by an armed robber, than seeing some pawn shop busted for improper paperwork.

It's all about priorities and making the best use of taxpayer-provided resources.

dickworth1
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dickworth1 05/23/14 - 04:08 am
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Good job RCSD
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Great job to Richmond county sheriffs dept. Take away avenues where these punks can break in your homes and businesses and have a place to sell their stolen goods. Without a source, it becomes less tempting for these thieves. Police work comes in all illegal operations, if you stop thieves from breaking in homes then maybe a teenager will not be shot by the homeowner. Most major criminal started off with minor or less violent crimes and progress to major crimes as they became bored with the petty stuff. Keep up the good work to the sheriff's dept.

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 05/23/14 - 06:28 am
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I'm just glad they're keeping

I'm just glad they're keeping such a close eye on all of the gangstas not wearing their seat belts. People zip by me like I'm sitting still, talking on phones, zipping in and out of lanes, tailgating, and I'm sure there might be a robbery or two, or some other crime going on somewhere, but I feel so much better knowing that victimless crime is being treated like the war on terror with Lord knows how much spent on television commericals and who knows how much other media. I guess it is a quick and easy way to bring $$$$ in to the stationhouse. with little to no risk and they get to spend most of the time in the air conditioned squadcar. Just waiting for the millions to be spent on the HOTLINE to turn in non seatbeat wearers. How dare they be such bold, daring, and rampant criminals?

lgr
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lgr 05/23/14 - 08:13 am
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crime

some of you posters can not find anything positive in anything. most of you make rude comments about the shootings that take place and on those posts seem to not care if the crime is ever solved. prostitution is a real crime if human trafficking is involved and if the thieves have no place to sell their stolen goods then they will steal less.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 05/23/14 - 09:07 am
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C'mon folks. Common sense

C'mon folks. Common sense should tell you that if you dry up the purchasers of stolen goods, there is less incentive for people to steal. I just wish the penalty for pawn shops was much more severe.

LLArms
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LLArms 05/23/14 - 09:56 am
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The fact you need a permit to

The fact you need a permit to purchased precious metals from another person is stupid. Just more "feel good" regulations, not to mention a source of revenue. Big surprise.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 05/23/14 - 11:16 am
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So LLarms, am I to surmise

So LLarms, am I to surmise that you feel it is OK to buy/sell stolen property? If not, which I feel certain is the case, what do you propose to be done to police that?

LLArms
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LLArms 05/23/14 - 11:27 am
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I don't have a solution for

I don't have a solution for you. But regulating the majority based on the actions of a very few is folly. It has and always will be.

Also save me the rhetoric; of course it is not OK to buy/sell stolen property. Good grief.

This is no different then gun grabbers wanting to further regulate or ban something because of what criminals do with guns.

And when you protest such things they use the same stupid rhetoric you just used; "So you want people to get shot and killed?" or something dumb like, "Why don't you want to protect children?"

Frank I
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Frank I 05/23/14 - 11:50 am
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government regulating free

government regulating free market trade.. the only purpose in that is revenue for the government through the (can I have your permission to do trade) permits..

harley_52
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harley_52 05/23/14 - 12:33 pm
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"If It Moves....

....tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it."

- Ronald Reagan (speaking of how Government tends to view the Economy)

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/23/14 - 01:04 pm
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Seth From Hardcore Pawn

American Jewelry and Pawn from Detoit. Hardcore Pawn. Didn't Seth come here not long ago for an event? Maybe he is going to open a pawn shop here.

harley_52
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harley_52 05/23/14 - 05:14 pm
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"Maybe he is going to open a pawn shop here."

Could be.

Maybe he heard Augusta was "Detroit like" and thought he'd feel right at home.

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