Pawn Shop Investigation
The Bryan Police Department, the College Station Police Department, the Brazos County Sheriff’s office, and the University Police Department recently launched a joint operation focusing on the selling of stolen items in our community. Property Crime Detectives from each of our local agencies meet monthly to discuss cases and trends involving stolen items in the Brazos Valley. During these meetings a pattern was noticed with one local pawn shop ending up with continuous stolen items. As a result of these cooperative meetings and listening to continuous complaints from citizens about being burglarized, a pawn shop investigation was initiated by the above agencies along with the Brazos County District Attorney’s and County Attorney’s offices. Local law enforcement also requested assistance from the Office of Consumer Credit Commission and the State Comptroller’s Criminal Investigation Division.
On Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 3:00 pm these agencies initiated a search warrant at two Top Dollar Pawn Shop locations in the City of Bryan, 1820 S. Texas Ave. and 3807 S. Texas Ave. During the investigation dozens of stolen items were located at the businesses. The items collected range from electronics and gaming devices to tools and bicycles. Police are investigating the origin of these stolen items and how they arrived at the pawn shops. Outside agencies are working with Top Dollar pawn to investigate their policy and procedures when receiving suspected stolen items from the general public. Once all agencies have completed their individual investigations and shared their findings, they will then be able to determine what laws have been violated by whom and file them with the appropriate judicial system.
The purchasing or possessing of stolen property is a crime by state law and encourages theft behavior, providing an outlet for thieves. It is the goal of your local law enforcement agencies to break the theft cycle and prevent continued victimization of our citizens.
Police Departments periodically conduct these types of operations in order to discourage the trade of stolen property. By reducing the market for stolen property we can reduce the number of thefts in our community.
Please take the time to write down the serial numbers of your property or mark your state driver’s license number on them. Taking photos of your property is a good idea for items that cannot be marked like jewelry. Do not store your serial number list in an electronic device that may be stolen. Print the list and keep it in a safe location that you can get to if you are burglarized. This will assist law enforcement with locating your stolen items and prosecuting those who stole them. We encourage our citizens to report any suspicious sales of items to your local law enforcement agency.
The safety of our community does not have borders. It is the goal of every law enforcement agency to protect the citizens that we serve. Be the eyes and ears of your police department. When you see suspicious activity contact the Bryan Police Department or the Brazos County Sheriff’s Department at 979-361-3888; contact the College Station Police Department at 979-764-3600. Together we can make a difference in our community.
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