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New law discourages sale of stolen goods to pawn, second-hand shops

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Posted: Thursday, June 28, 2012 8:56 am

LITTLE VALLEY — Cattaraugus County lawmakers voted unanimously on Wednesday to adopt a local law that law enforcement officials hope will put a stop to the sale of stolen goods to local pawn and second-hand shops.

The local law will require second-hand dealers to obtain a license from the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Department, hold newly purchased items for seven days and maintain sales records.

It was sponsored by Legislature Majority Leader William Aiello, R-Olean, at the request of law enforcement throughout the county. No one spoke at a public hearing conducted earlier in the meeting.

“It requires pawn shops to keep accurate records and make them available to law enforcement,” Mr. Aiello said. “It helps immensely in recovering stolen items.”

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