How soon to hit pawn shops after theft

44fanatic

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I've already posted about the house getting broke into and a couple guns stolen. How soon should I hit the pawn shops looking for them? My work expects me back tommorow and I just started two weeks ago. Do I wait for Saturday or go tommorow?

BTW, Ive got two states to check, KY and TN, as we live just south (400yds) of the TN/KY border
 

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Do the police in your area not have a standard agreement with the area shops? You might check. I know that's not a guarantee, but it would help.

Dudes are stealing it for drug money. They ain't saving up for a rainy day.
 

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Gravey said:
If you can't visit until the weekend try calling them and give them a list.

Yep. That's the way to do it, some police depts take a long time to get around so it doesn't hurt to give the pawn shops a heads up on what to watch for. Once they see it they have to call the police.
 

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Do you have the serial #'s? If so call the cops and report them stolen. Then there is no need to check pawn shops. They will know they are stolen before the thief walks out the door.
 

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Im sure they will try and pawn them if they dont have some street people looking, I would do as suggested above, if cant go by the pawn shops, call them with a list.
They are required to take ID from anyone pawning the weapons, so if they did show up they would be caught even if the pawn prior to getting notified by police
 

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We had a bunch of burglaries in Cookeville back in 2005. They were driving almost to Nashville to pawn. My neighbor caught one red handed and he had a ton of pawn tickets in his truck, all from Nashville.
 

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When a pawn shop takes in a gun, they are required to have the serials run to check for stolen. Does not meant the PD will release them back to you but they will confiscate them from the pawn broker usually.
 

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Pawn shops have to report everything they take in to their local law enforcement. The pawn shop does not check anything for stolen, that is up to law enforcement. Pawn shops will list the make, model and serial number of the firearm on the background check when someone attempts to purchase it, the TBI will get a hit on the serial number if you had it entered as stolen by your local Law enforcement. You should not have to check the pawn shops yourself your local law enforcement should already be doing that.
 

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Get the serial numbers to the cops FAST then hound them for at least 2 weeks. That is what it took for them to catch the guy who stole my tools. Detective was getting ready to tell me to get lost on the phone when....

"well lookie here...I just found your framing nailer"

Ask the cops what pawn shop is shady and go check them out in person. Watch craigslist.

The cops are going to put minimal effort into solving property crimes. They are too busy frying bigger fish.
 

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fishboy1 said:
The cops are going to put minimal effort into solving property crimes. They are too busy frying bigger fish.

That is the impression we are getting. We still have not heard from a detective. The responding officer took cursory notes and gathered information for what we knew was stolen at the time.

It looks like I dont have to be as stressed about this as I was. The pawn shops have to hold guns for 60 days if someone brings them in for sale. My wife contacted one of her old employers who owns a gun shop and she is going to get the information out to the local gun shops.
 

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That's cool, 44. Most municipalities have built in a lot of safeguards where pawn businesses are concerned. It's no secret that they are gonna be popular turn-around spots for thieves with goods to move, if possible.

Sadly, it's likely to be person-to-person transfers that you have to worry about. Someone gets a good deal on a firearm and adds it to their cabinet, well that's hard to track. I sure wish you the best in your recovery!
 

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