WOODSTOCK – Town administrators are considering requiring pawn brokers and junk dealers in town to report transactions at the shop directly into a database system.
The shops and junk dealers now fill out a detailed ticket that is submitted to the Woodstock Police Department, which inputs the information from the ticket into a electronic database system for access by law enforcement, said Town Manager Angela Clem.
Changes to the town ordinance would require the pawn brokers to enter the information into the database, which is called LEADS Online, she said.
“We hope that this will streamline the process for everyone,” Clem said.
Robert May has operated Kingdom Motors and Pawn Shop on South Main Street for the past four years.
“I will do what they want me to do within reason,” May said when asked about the database entry shifting to the shops and junk dealers.
The owner of the town’s other shop, Woodstock Antiques & Pawn, could not be reached for comment.
Winchester police have had pawn brokers entering transactions into a database for about five years and it has helped them solve more crimes quicker, said Winchester police Capt. Leonard Bauserman.
“We have stolen items reported. They (thieves) sell it right away because they need that money,” he said, adding that the direct to electronic database reporting notifies police much quicker about transaction details, allowing law enforcement to solve more of those thefts.