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Police: New pawn shop rules aim to curb theft

Lewiston Police say proposed changes to a Lewiston city ordinance requiring pawn shops to upload receipts electronically aim to help officers better track stolen goods before they are resold.

Police Capt. Roger Lanier says pawn shops will have to submit sales slips electronically and keep items on hand for two weeks before they are resold, under the revisions.

The shops now submit hard copies of pawn slips to police, who have to enter the information on the pawned items into their database by hand and often have a backlog.

The changes are getting mixed reviews from pawn shop operators in the northern Idaho city.

First Interstate Pawn manager Judy Winscot says the 14-day requirement is “a little much.”

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