Pawn shops in Genesee County may have to enter items into online database so …

Pawn shops in Genesee County may have to enter items into online database so …
News from The Flint Journal – MLive.com:

Flint Police Chief James Tolbert, left, listens as Emergency Manager Darnell Earley addresses the media on Friday, Jan. 17.

GENESEE COUNTY, MI – Area police chiefs are pushing a plan to have pawn shops, scrap dealers and others that deal in  second-hand goods to record their transactions in an online database so police can track stolen items.

Pawn shops and other second-hand businesses already are required to obtain information from the people they buy items from. But the data is not in a centralized location that a database would provide. Within 24 hours, police would be able to locate a stolen item on a database.

Flint Police Chief James Tolbert and Attorney Pete Bade said on Friday, Jan. 17, the plan is being considered. They said an ordinance would have to be established to make the businesses comply.

“We (police chiefs) are all in agreement that something needs to be done,” said Tolbert. “We will see a regional approach that will have a significant impact on burglaries in the area.”

Flint Township Police Chief George Sippert said talk of the database has become more serious over the last couple of months among the police chiefs in Genesee County. He said the chiefs have highlig…………… continues on The Flint Journal – MLive.com

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