ADVERTISEMENT

June 13, 2013

Lori Fowle

Bill requiring pawnbrokers to photograph items goes to LePage

The Associated Press

AUGUSTA – A bill to curb property theft by requiring pawnbrokers to photograph items they receive is awaiting Gov. Paul LePage’s signature.

The bill, which received final Senate passage Tuesday, requires pawnbrokers and others who deal in personal jewelry and precious metals to maintain digital photographic records of those items.

The bill was sponsored by Rep. Lori Fowle, D-Vassalboro, and was prompted by a Vassalboro couple’s experience with trying to get family jewelry back after it was stolen from their home.

Supporters say the bill is intended to make it harder for criminals to sell stolen goods and help theft victims, small business owners and police.

The bill would require that pawnbrokers hold on to items for 10 or 15 days before they can be resold or altered, such as by melting.





Further Discussion

Here at OnlineSentinel.com we value our readers and are committed to growing our community by encouraging you to add to the discussion. To ensure conscientious dialogue we have implemented a strict no-bullying policy. To participate, you must follow our Terms of Use.

Questions about the article? Add them below and we’ll try to answer them or do a follow-up post as soon as we can. Technical problems? Email them to us with an exact description of the problem. Make sure to include:
  • Type of computer or mobile device your are using
  • Exact operating system and browser you are viewing the site on (TIP: You can easily determine your operating system here.)


  • Back to

News
Sports
Opinion
Real Life
Community
What's Happening

© 2014 The Morning Sentinel - All Rights Reserved.
MaineToday Media
31 Front Street, Waterville, Maine 04901
(207) 873-3341