Hopkins Co. Officials Introduce New Pawn Shop Law

Published 05/07 2014 06:33PM

Updated 05/07 2014 06:39PM

Hopkins County officials are looking at setting some new rules for pawn shops in the county. It comes nearly three months after a Madisonville pawn shop was raided back in February, with five of its employees accused of selling stolen items.

"This is just something I think we have to keep up with," says Hopkins Co. Judge Executive Donnie Carroll.

There are rules in business.  But in Hopkins County, some businesses don't have rules.

"We had no ordinances as to any guidelines for the pawn shops," Carroll says.

But officials are working on a new ordinance for pawn shops located in the county, focusing on record keeping and tracking property that could be stolen.

"When they're buying products, making sure we have access to their books, see if there's anything that's been stolen from other areas," says Carroll.  He 
says the draft is based off of similar laws in other parts of the state.  It comes months after five employees of a madisonville pawn shop were charged for selling stolen property back in February.

"I think having some kind of enforcement is the big thing," he says. "If there are articles that are stolen, or misused in some way, we'll be able to locate those and turn them in to the correct owner."

People caught breaking the law face up to a year in jail and a $500 fine. Carroll hopes this new rule will keep everyone obeying the rules.

"We're always looking at different ways that we can bring in correction or guidance to businesses that may have the kind of problems we encounter with ownership," says Carroll.

Carroll says the ordinance could be approved as soon as next month. 

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