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Medford Pawn Shop Proposal

pawnMEDFORD, Ore. — Medford Police are asking pawn shops to take a digital photo of every item pawned.

It’s part of an effort to improve the rate of tracking down stolen items. Medford Police say that they already have businesses submitting photos voluntarily. The idea is that if thieves try to sell any stolen goods, police will have more time to investigate crimes.

Sergeant Brent Mak, with the Medford Police Department explains, “Pictures worth a thousand words. You know you can describe something and really specifically applies to jewelry because I mean how many different kinds of yellow rings with the red stone are there? The photograph would give an exact representation of that ring.”

Currently, Medford pawn shops are required to keep items for 5 days, which is the shortest required retention time in the state. Police are asking for a 15 day hold on items, but the council has yet to approve these suggestions.