Saratoga County Sheriff wants law to track pawned jewelry

November 30, 2017 07:48 PM

CLIFTON PARK -- After two daytime break-ins on Tuesday in a small Clifton Park neighborhood, Saratoga County Sheriff's deputies are wishing the county had a second hand dealers law.

To find the stolen jewelry, deputies might have to drive to pawn shops and jewelry stores all over the Capital Region.

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"Man hours. That is the difficulty. Physically driving to each place that can buy jewelry," said Lt. Jeff Brown, with the Saratoga County Sheriff's Office.

Lt. Brown would rather have a database of all the pawned jewelry in the county right on the sheriff's computer. That's what a second hand dealers law would allow them to create.

Shops like Albany's Best Bargain on Central Ave, already have to turn their information over to police. The city has a second hand dealers law.

The guys at Best Bargain have to fill out a paper report for each sale then drop off the reports to Albany PD.

"We'll take an ID. Write down everything it says on the ID, from their name to their birthday. Even their hair color, and a phone number as well," said James Mele, Albany Best Bargain.  

Mele says filling out a report for police has cut down on criminals trying to sell them stolen goods, and it lets buyers know they're on the up and up.

"You don't have to worry about taking something home and worrying that your neighbor had it at their house and they didn't realize it was here. We can guarantee everything was not stolen," said Mele.

The owners of the business do not necessarily like the 10-day period they have to wait before selling goods, because gold and silver prices fluctuate.

Still, James Mele would like to see the law everywhere.

"If everyone in the whole city or state did it. There wouldn't be anywhere for thieves to go and get rid of their stuff."

Sheriff Zurlo says the County Board of Supervisors has put the legislation on the back burner for now, but he hopes they take it up next year.


Asa Stackel

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