Village Board approves ordinance requiring secondhand stores to document purchases
GLEN ELLYN – Members of the Glen Ellyn Village Board unanimously voted Monday to require stores that purchase gold, jewelry and other similar items from customers to hold onto the items for four days and enter them into a database, giving local police officials a better chance at recovering items that have been stolen before the stores sell them.
According to a police memo, people who have stolen jewelry, gold or other items may try to sell them to a pawnshop or jewelry store for cash. Under this new ordinance, these stores will have to document jewelry and precious metals and stones they purchase from customers in a database called Leadsonline, which is used by other law enforcement agencies in the area. The database helps police officials locate stolen items.
“The key is, for us, in some cases we can get the arrest without the recovery, but what interests us in law enforcement is being able to make the victim as whole as possible,” Norton said. “If we can return that stolen merchandise, especially when it’s an heirloom of some sort, we think that makes us a better police department.”
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