Victims Speak Out as Albemarle Robbery Case Moves Forward

An Albemarle County grand jury heard the robbery case Monday against an Amherst man, who already faces a slew of felony burglary charges across the state. Full Story
sez you

Charlottesville, VA

#1 Feb 4, 2013
I always thought that pawn shops would be the first place cops would go to track down a suspect. I guess its the last place.
Smart Cop

Charlottesville, VA

#2 Feb 4, 2013
sez you wrote:
I always thought that pawn shops would be the first place cops would go to track down a suspect. I guess its the last place.
Seems to me that the cops obviously aren't comparing the pawn shop's daily intake to whatever is stolen daily. Doesn't generate any revenue, so why would they? Their efforts lately only seem to concentrate on activities that can generate revenue.
sez you

Charlottesville, VA

#3 Feb 4, 2013
Smart Cop wrote:
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Seems to me that the cops obviously aren't comparing the pawn shop's daily intake to whatever is stolen daily. Doesn't generate any revenue, so why would they? Their efforts lately only seem to concentrate on activities that can generate revenue.
My thoughts exactly, writing tickets. Meanwhile the drug trade goes unmolested.
Neighborhood watch

Charlottesville, VA

#4 Feb 4, 2013
The pawn shops always get a bad rap. They are the only second hand dealers who report every item every transaction every day.They video tape, get ID and record serial numbers.What about,jewelers, cash for gold,Craigs list,Ebay,gun shops,second hand stores,coin shops,antique stores ? Look at the shops advertising on this station that pay cash for jewelry,coins and collectables. They advertise from Staunton and Harrisonberg. Do they have to report? I don't think so.
A local Pawn Shop tipped off the police to the person who robbed us,from what I was told they are a big help to the local police departments. They solved my case.
My two cents.
Think

Charlottesville, VA

#5 Feb 4, 2013
The sad reality is that what happens to merchandise after it's stolen from you, is ONLY the fault of the thief! Think about it. Perhaps there should be separate criminal charges for selling illegal merchandise to a store including reimbursement for the cost of the items. Pawn shops don't like thieves, they steal from everyone and make legal business more difficult. I appreciate that they regularly report what they believe to be questionable.
Lambie52

Stuart, VA

#6 Feb 4, 2013
I was a victim of a robbery in my shop, and my experience with the police was: your stuff is long gone, and seems to me they made no effort to find it! So, I called all pawn shops and described items stolen myself. I think Virginia laws regarding pawn shops should be changed to protect us a lot better. They are victimizing us twice....and maybe a few police officers and politicians need to be victims a few times to realize the pain, frustration and financial loss felt by these robberies. Then laws would change.
Chris

Alexandria, VA

#7 Feb 5, 2013
I had some stuff also stolen from my place and it was sold to a pawn shop here in Charlottesville. If I received stolen items from someone I can go to jail, but it is ok to open up a business that can get away with it.
Nelson

Charlottesville, VA

#8 Feb 5, 2013
Our home was broken into 3 times up in Nelson, said that they only got a year and probation.... Does not restore you feeling of safety nor privacy from being invaded by people wanting to steal. I hope they really throw the book at him.
Chris

Alexandria, VA

#9 Feb 5, 2013
Any pawn shop that receives any items stolen should have to pay the owner the full price for the goods, and then file charges to the police for the thief to pay back the pawn shop.
taxpayer

Stanardsville, VA

#10 Feb 5, 2013
Pawn shops need to be held accountable. If they take in a stolen item, it should be their responsibility to repay the owner. I'm going to contact my delegate. I suggest more of us do that.
Augco

Charlottesville, VA

#11 Feb 5, 2013
My sisters bike was stolen and pawned, the police located it at a local pawn shop and she was told she had to pay the pawn shop in order to get it back.

Another time I had a some tools stolen from the jobsite, I went to the local pawn shop and located them, still engraved with the company name and tool watch number. I filed a police report, even providing serial numbers, and never got them back even though I had located and identified them.

Both of these happened in the late 90's. Hopefully there has been some improvement.
Sarg

Charlottesville, VA

#12 Feb 5, 2013
It seems to me that it's the insurance companies who are really out the money. Surely these people have homeowners' or renters' insurance! Still, it is obvious that pawn shops in VA are getting a "pass" and that stricter laws, including a longer waiting period to resell, are needed.
real central va Marine

Charlottesville, VA

#14 Feb 5, 2013
If you sell anything to a pawn shop, you should have to have a background check first. Also, Pawn dealers need to have a stolen merchandise license to operate...
va from pa

United States

#15 May 16, 2013
Just a question should not the pawn shops be charged with receiving stolen property? I mean at the time they become aware the item in question is indeed stolen the should have to return it to the proper owner with no questions asked. At that time if they do not return it it is considered receiving stolen property. That's a gamble pawn shops take by purchasing items they are unsure of. Hope I'm not to far of here. This is just my thoughts.
Thinking free

Richmond, VA

#16 May 16, 2013
Off topic but I once was looking at a 22 auto from Browning at Snookys one time. They make several models of that particulat auto, some being expensive. I wanted to get the serial # off the gun to check it and the dolt said no. I said fine, I already memorized it. He looked stumped for words.
pawnbroker

United States

#17 Jan 9, 2014
taxpayer wrote:
Pawn shops need to be held accountable. If they take in a stolen item, it should be their responsibility to repay the owner. I'm going to contact my delegate. I suggest more of us do that.
I have never heard of a cop telling a victim that they would have to buy the goods back if found in a pawn shop. I have more parents that there kids stole there stuff that are not willing to press charges cause there family and I tell them that if they press charges they get there stuff back the pawn shop gets there cash back from the state or county and that price is added the the pos kid that stole the stuff. I have worked at a pawn shop for many years and if I thank something is stolen I still will buy it just so I know it can get back to the owner. I work very close with law enforcement because I want that person to get theres

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