"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
"It's easier for the pawn shops and easier for us if it's on a database," Kerchner
"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
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.