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Flagstaff PD recovers 150 stolen items in 2012 thanks to LeadsOnline

New pawn shop fee paying off

May 30, 2013

Flagstaff police recovered 150 stolen items given over to pawn shops and used-good stores in the most recent 12 months, worth $60,800.

Items recovered included a top-of-the-line set of golf clubs, video games and jewelry.

Some 27 arrests resulted, Detective Adrian Barreras told the Flagstaff City Council Tuesday night.

That's the upshot of a $3-per-transaction fee levied on CDs, DVDs, tools, bikes, jewelry, video games, electronic items and other items with a serial number -- and on goods worth $100 or more -- to pay for a full-time detective to investigate such cases.

Overall, a fraction of all the goods exchanged at these businesses were found to be stolen -- less than 1 percent of items.

The Flagstaff City Council enacted fees in 2008 to help pay for the recovery of stolen, pawned items.

Pawn shops tried to put the question to voters that year but failed to collect enough legitimate signatures.

Existing laws also require the businesses to electronically report the items sold or pawned to the police department.

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