Belmont pawnshops & second-hand stores will now have to keep open records of merchandise purchased

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BELMONT — After getting the okay from voters on election day, selectmen enacted an ordinance that requires pawnshops and other second-hand shop operations to keep open records of goods purchased.

According to Police Chief Vincent Biaocchetti, the ordinance was based on similar ones throughout the state and gives a little more protection to victims of property theft crime and to the owners of the shops.

“Our second-hand dealers are very reputable,” said ...

BELMONT — After getting the okay from voters on election day, selectmen enacted an ordinance that requires pawnshops and other second-hand shop operations to keep open records of goods purchased.

According to Police Chief Vincent Biaocchetti, the ordinance was based on similar ones throughout the state and gives a little more protection to victims of property theft crime and to the owners of the shops.

“Our second-hand dealers are very reputable,” said Biaocchetti who said he worked with the existing second-hand shops and gun dealers while developing Belmont’s law. “We’re trying to make this as painless as possible.”

By way of background, Biaocchetti said, largely because of television, pawnshops have become “quite popular” and his department’s goal was not to restrict the ability of people to sell their own belonging or buy different ones from second hand dealers but to create a written record of items that are sold.

“If you buy, we don’t care,” Biaocchetti said.

In the event the items are stolen and sold locally, he said it gives the police a name, supported with a government issued identification, to look for those who may have stolen the items.

Baiocchetti also asked for and received permission from selectmen to waive the $50 license fee for those second-hand stores already doing business in Belmont. He also said his department developed forms that they will distribute to shop owners.

The $50 fee is a one time only fee and existing shop owners have to re-register with the town every April.

He said Belmont Police already go to pawnshops and second-hand stores “from Maine to Massachusetts” while investigating property crimes.

“A couple of our (stolen) guns showed up in Massachusetts,” he told selectmen.

The new ordinance became effective immediately.