Program Helps Police and Pawn Shops

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) - A computer program is helping western
Kentucky police track down stolen property that's been sold to pawn
shops.
Paducah's five pawn shops submit records of transactions,
including serial numbers of items bought or pawned, into a system
at leadsonline.com. Police can compare the items to a national
database of stolen merchandise.
Police can use the program to determine if stolen merchandise is
being offered for sale at pawn shops in Kentucky or any neighboring
state if the owner has recorded product serial numbers.
"This is very handy since a lot of (thieves) know we're going
to check pawn shops here," Connie Waldridge, clerical specialist
in the police department's criminal investigations division, told
The Paducah Sun.
Police can also find out what local residents have pawned
recently, since people must submit their driver's license numbers
to sell to the shops. The program includes digital pictures,
addresses, birth dates and driver's license numbers of those
pawning items.
The program has helped solve four cases since it was implemented
last month, Waldridge said.


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  • by JANET Location: NICHOLAS COUNTY on Mar 25, 2009 at 12:21 PM
    THE PROGRAM TO HELP POLICE LOCATE STOLEN ITEMS THAT HAS BEEN PAWNED IS A GREAT PLUS FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT. IT SHOULD BE SET UP IN BOURBON, FLEMING, MASON, BATH, MASON, FAYETTE , NICHOLAS. THERE ARE SO MANY LAZY PEOPLE THAT MAKE THEIR LIVING STEALING FROM HONEST FOLK. JUST THIS WEEK MY SON HAD CHECKS STOLEN FROM HIS TRUCK, HIS ACCOUNT WAS WIPED OUT BEFORE HE REALIZED THEY WERE GONE. THEY HAVE LEADS, I PRAY THEY FIND THE THIEVES. THAT WAS MONEY HIS FAMILY NEEDED TO PAY BILLS.
  • by Legal Citizen Location: KY on Dec 30, 2008 at 10:23 AM
    Sounds like some thief's really hate this law. Mostly because this one works. 4 solved cases in a month!
  • by In shock Location: Lexington on Dec 30, 2008 at 08:53 AM
    WOW, this shocks me, I am from WV, moved here 10 years ago and 10 years ago this WAS happening in WV! I have never pawned anything so not aware of how KY worked, but I know someone who worked at the police dept. in WV, so I knew all this stuff was logged. I CANNOT believe Kentucky is SO BEHIND the times they JUST implemented this program. WOW. Also, to all those who are complaining, what is the big deal, IF YOU HAD something stolen from you, wouldn't YOU want the police to be able to located it and possibly return it to you!!! Makes sense to me! Considering all serial numbers are recorded, IF you have your serial number you could just tell police they could then do a computer search saving a LOT of time. I think it is a fantastic idea. Keeps the police from running to every pawn shop when something is reported missing to look for the item. Now the police just have to find a way to cut down on the copper thieves. I think it is great!
  • by John Location: KY on Dec 30, 2008 at 06:11 AM
    Anonymous, as far as the middle east is concerned been there, plus about 10 other countries and 15 other states. If you look down this forum you will see that I agree with this program, but I also agree with Andrew on the way this police state is run!
  • by Anonymous on Dec 29, 2008 at 07:10 PM
    John and Andrew, there are 49 other states and several countries available if you don't like it here. I'd suggest the middle east, it's nice there this time of year.
  • by Paul Location: Lex on Dec 29, 2008 at 04:20 PM
    Not sure what all the fuss is about. All debit and credit card transactions are recorded. Pawn shops and junk yards have been legal fencing spots for years.. What the heck, maybe we can recover stolen family heirlooms....Andrew, get over it, there's enough cameras watching you right now, to b*tch about a lousey trace being put on potentially stolen goods is ludicrous. Better than being busted for possession of stolen property. Sorry Andrew, you sound uninformed, and have never been robbed or had precious family things stolen from you.
  • by John Location: KY on Dec 29, 2008 at 07:33 AM
    Well spoken Andrew!
  • by Andrew on Dec 29, 2008 at 04:47 AM
    Sorry to disappoint you shut up. No I'm not afraid od the police becase any behavor of my own.I do not break the law.But I fear Kentucky law enforcemnet,be cause they are not there to help, but to controll our every move.All we get are more useless laws,more mean and useless cops,more social workers,more childern taken,more properity taken, more jails built,more familys broken,more taxes to pay,more useless postoffice democrats,riding around in SUVs sucking our treasury dry.More Boss Hoggs that think they are Presidents,or God maybe.This state needs to be flushed like a full privy.==KENTUCKY GOVERMENT SUCKS==
  • by Shut up Location: Ky on Dec 28, 2008 at 03:32 PM
    Andrew, by reading your comment, it sounds to me like you may be worried about something. Maybe it will be more difficult for you to pawn your stolen stuff ? Maybe you and Bill can get together and find real jobs and you can work for what you have. If you do whats right, you won't have to worry about the police in the commonwealth....oops....Police State of Kentucky catching you.
  • by John Location: KY on Dec 28, 2008 at 09:34 AM
    Andrew I agree with everything you say, But this program might stop some of the break in's and robberies, and stop some of the pond shops from taking stolen property and keeping it hid the way they do around my area.
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