MEDFORD, Ore. – While in a recent case of burglary in Medford where the police didn’t notice the pawned items first, there is a system in place to make sure items going through local pawn shops aren’t stolen.
At the end of the day, workers at local pawn places such as Medford Pawn upload a list of information that goes right to police. By law, local pawn shops are required to report to police what comes in and who brought it in. They use an online database, called “Leads Online.”
“They’ll send us a message through here, put a hold on this item till we can get an officer down to look at it,” explained Medford Pawn’s Noel Blandau.
The system keeps pawn shops and police in constant communication, giving police the opportunity to find stolen items and arrest suspects.
“It’s good because it often times gives us a starting point, it gives us a name and it gives us a start of our investigation,” stated Medford Police Lt. Mike Budreau.
Investigations that start with communication.
“It just keeps everybody on the up and up. If you bring an item into the pawn shop, and it’s not legitimately yours, the police will come and they will arrest you,” Blandau said.