Tighter Pawn Shop Regulations

Tighter regulations will soon be implemented in Naperville pawn shops and secondhand jewelry stores.

At their latest meeting, city council voted unanimously to require those establishments that buy and re-sell jewelry to take photos of the gems, precious metal, and jewelry items.

That information will then be stored in an online database called LeadsOnline, and can then be accessed by detectives. The change in policy was proposed after a rash of home burglaries last year.

Currently, the shops are only required to take a photo of the seller’s ID.

Under the new regulations, stores will also have to wait 10 days before re-selling or melting down items they have purchased to give police more time to solve cases involving stolen jewelry.

Burglary victim Marie Berner shared her personal story with the council.

“It’s not much more work on the part of the pawn shop owners to take pictures of the goods, which would then allow the police officers to say these are the items that Mrs. Berner had stolen. We have a picture. Let’s look at your database,” said Berner. “Instead they told me, well three days have gone by, we melted it down. It’s gone.”

Database access will be free to the stores. The $7,000 annual cost will be paid for by the city.

The new regulations will impact five Naperville businesses and will go into effect in August.

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