Pawn shops, others, may be required to log information on sellers


Making connections: Jackie Jensen of Jensen's Pawn Co. in Greenfield (left) helps Billy Kise plug in an electric guitar he had just purchased at the store. Greenfield City Council will consider an ordinance that would require pawn shop owners to log items into a database police could search. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)

Doing the right thing: Art Jensen of Jensen's Pawn Co. talks with Amber Nusbaumer and Casey Chapple about jewelry they saw in his shop. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)

GREENFIELD — At a meeting of local detectives last spring, one investigator told his colleagues he was on the lookout for a collection of firearms that had been stolen during a burglary.

By a stroke of luck, another detective – one who knew nothing of the criminal case – had a helpful lead.

Lt. Randy Ratliff of the Greenfield Police Department had recently gone through a local pawn shop’s records by hand and remembered seeing weapons that fit the description.

That was a lucky coincidence, one that reunited a burglary victim with his possessions.

But police say those kinds of connections could happen more frequently with the use of a program called LeadsOnline.

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