"We get stacks and stacks of sales receipts," Monroe County Chief Detective Eric Kerchner said.
Now authorities will be able to more easily and quickly search for clues in thefts of secondhand items, he said.
"It's easier for the pawn shops and easier for us if it's on a database," Kerchner said.
"Most drug abusers, their revenue source is burglaries and selling those items at pawn shops."
Though the data collection requirements wouldn't apply to flea markets or yard sales, Kerchner said.
Kerchner is contacting municipal and law enforcement officials around the county about adopting a model ordinance.
Townships will have authority to enforce the local ordinance, but the District Attorney's Office will monitor and enforce violations.
"This should alleviate any concerns from any township official regarding the cost or additional workload they might incur as a result of its passage," Kerchner wrote police chiefs and elected officials.
Criminal Investigators | Monroe County Office of the District Attorney
Chief Eric KerchnerEric J. Kerchner is the Chief County Detective for the Monroe County Office of the District Attorney serving under the leadership of E. David Christine, Jr., District Attorney.
Chief Kerchner started his career in law enforcement immediately after graduating from Marple Newtown Sr. High School (Delaware County, PA) by joining the United States Army in 1973.He completed basic training at Fort Dix, NJ and graduated from the United States Army Military Police School at Fort Gordon GA.Chief Kerchner served as a military police officer in Butzbach, Germany for the next three years, initially as a patrol officer and then as a traffic accident investigator after attending Northwestern University's Military Police Traffic Accident Investigation School in Vilseck, Germany in 1975.While in the military, Chief Kerchner completed additional law enforcement training while attending the University of Delaware and Central Texas College.Beginning in 1982, Chief Kerchner established and operated a Monroe County based private security and investigations firm, Kerchner Associates, Inc., with annual revenues of 1.4 million dollars and employing more than 70 officers.
That company was sold in 1998.
Chief Kerchner operated as a private investigator through 2001.In 2001, Chief Kerchner was retained as a special investigator by the Monroe County District Attorney's Office focusing on housing mortgage fraud.In 2002, he was appointed as a full time detective, and in 2009, he was appointed to the position of Chief County Detective.
Archives | September 2012 - Monroe County Office of the District Attorney
Scott's sentence involves two weeks in Monroe County Correctional Facility, followed by 40 hours of community service, a year of probation and a total of $3,340 in fine and court costs, according to county investigator Eric Kerchner and defense attorney Sal Vito.
The county Sheriff's Office decides when Scott will start serving his two weeks in jail, which involves a work program under Sheriff's Office supervision, Kerchner said.
At some point after Scott's forms were notarized, his signature appeared on his candidate's affidavit, which Kerchner said is illegal and why Scott was disqualified from the May primary and later charged.
The bottom line is that Scott's signature should not have been added after his paper work was notarized, Kerchner said.
Former Middle Smithfield Township Supervisor Bob Spano was sentenced Wednesday to three to 12 months in Monroe County Correctional Facility after pleading guilty to providing false financial disclosure statements, said Monroe County District Attorney's Office Detective Eric Kerchner.
Spano was immediately taken from the courtroom in handcuffs upon sentencing, Kerchner said.
"The general public doesn't understand the depth of the drug problem in the Poconos, or how drugs impact the amount of crime we have," said Eric Kerchner, Monroe County District Attorney's Office detective and drug task force coordinator.
"Many users and dealers are not gainfully employed.
The have to get money somewhere, usually they get it from crime," Kerchner said.
"The majority of crimes in the Poconos are drug related," according to Kerchner, who's office conducts undercover drug buys in Monroe County.
"Disputes over money, territory and confidentiality are reasons relationships turn violent," Kerchner said.
If a dealer suspects someone of stealing his customers or reporting him to the to police, there will be trouble.
"It's their lifestyle and means of income.
They sell drugs so they can afford to use them," Kerchner said.
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