Earlier this year the Kent Police Chief, Michelle Lee, presented City Council with recommendations to tighten the City’s regulation of second hand retail shops, e.g., pawn shops, thrift stores, etc.
The new regulations put more burden on store owners to gather information and keep records of the transactions that occured at the point of re-sale, in order to give the Police a paper trail to trace in the event of possible stolen goods.
Whenever you propose to tighten regulations on a certain business sector you better be prepared to justify it, defend it, and show the value of it — and the Chief was ready to do that. It took a couple rounds of meetings between Chief Lee and the local store owners to find common ground but over time they came up with terms that they mutually agreed to which Council subsequently adopted into law.
Chief Lee reported this week that as a result of the new administrative tracking requirements included in the updated regulations Police investigators were recently able to crack two burglary/theft cases that involved over $20,000 of stolen goods.
The new regulations created some more work for the store employees but when you bust-up two felony cases it’s a small price to pay.