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How to Notify Pawn Shops of Stolen Jewelry

Updated February 21, 2017

When something is stolen, the thief will often try to make money on the items by selling them at pawn shops. Many victims are inclined to go to each pawn shop in the area and notify them about their missing jewellery. However, the best way to do this is to file a police report. Pawn shops are required by law to submit descriptions of every item they purchase to the police. These items are then cross-checked with the descriptions on your police report to find any matches. Filing a police report saves you a lot of leg work and allows the pawn shops and police to do their jobs properly.

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  1. Contact the local police department and find out how to file a police report. Some police departments have online services that allow you to file a claim for items valued at less than £3,250. Others need you to come down to the station. Call the police if a theft has just happened in your home so they can come and do an investigation.

  2. Provide the police with pictures of the jewellery or a sketch or written description of the jewellery. Include the size of the jewellery, the material used in it, the stones set in it, its shape, any embellishments and any inscriptions. If possible, contact the retail store where you purchased the jewellery if you are unsure of the jewellery's specifications.

  3. File a police report by filling out the appropriate form and including the details of the jewellery and the crime. The police will record the theft and submit it to an online database. It will be cross-checked with any similar items that show up at pawn shops.

  4. Tip

    Avoid having the police come to your home if they do not need to investigate the theft. This takes time away from other cases they can be working. Go to the police station to file the paperwork or do it online when possible.

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About the Author

Shara JJ Cooper graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism in 2000, and has worked professionally ever since. She has a passion for community journalism, but likes to mix it up by writing for a variety of publications. Cooper is the owner/editor of the Boundary Sentinel, a web-based newspaper.

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