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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

September 2, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Pawnshops in Albany are now required to send an electronic record of every item they buy to the Albany Police Department.

Pawnshops are already required to report all the items they buy, but right now, officers drive to each of the 13 pawnshops in Albany and then log the information into a database, which takes anywhere from two weeks to a month to complete.

City Commissioners approved an ordinance Tuesday requiring electronic submission of that information. Within 48 hours, all items will be run through a GBI database which will determine if it is stolen, and if the person who sold it has any warrants out for his arrest.  

"We have a very good working relationship with the pawn shops here in Albany," said Albany Police Det. Schemika Foster. "A lot of them have been on board with us. It helps them as well, it keeps them from having stolen property and losing more money so it's a win-win situation for everyone."

All items bought by pawnshops must still remain there for at least 30 days before they can be resold.

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