Crime Spree Prompts Tighter Pawn Shop Regulations

Crime Spree Prompts Tighter Pawn Shop Regulations

NEW BERN - Tighter regulations on are the way for pawn shops in New Bern.

The city's Board of Alderman approved a proposed amendment Tuesday night that requires pawn shop and cash converter managers to send daily transactions to the police department through a new electronic system. The ordinance also requires owners to pay a $50 initial application fee, and an annual $25 fee to help the city pay for the additional work.

City leaders said the change comes in an effort to crack down on crime, after a string a jewelry thefts in the area.

"My opinion is that pawn shops may have a legitimate place, but they are one leg in the triad of crime," Lee Bettis, New Bern Mayor, said.

Mike Cashwell, assistant manager at Glenburnie Coins & Pawn, is not happy about the new regulations.

"We have not had issues with stolen items here," Cashwell said. "Part of the reason is that I question people who come in and are going to pawn something."

Come May 1st, all pawn shops in the city must comply with the ordinance.

New Bern is not the only city in Eastern Carolina to regulate the businesses. Similar ordinances were recently passed in Jacksonville and Wilmington.

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