Laconia pawn shop manager charged with buying TV he knew to be 'hot'

LACONIA — Police arrested the manager of a local pawn shop for one felony count of receiving stolen property for allegedly purchasing a large screen television that he knew to be stolen.
Police said the television was reported stolen in a burglary in Laconia on January 26.
They said William Topping, 45, of 10 Moulton St. is employed by Capital City Pawn on Union Ave. and bought the television for resale making it a Class B felony.
Topping was released on $5,000 personal recognizance bail and is scheduled to appear in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division on May 9, 2013.
Last year, the owner of Cash "N Toys was convicted by a jury of four counts of receiving stolen property. The city revoked Frederick Brent's license to operate and he has since closed the business.
Police Chief Christopher Adams said the city strengthened its ordinances governing pawn shops and the new ordinances have made it easier for police to track potentially stolen property.
"The ordinance certainly keeps us in the fight," he said. "We expect that pawn shop owners who suspect something is stolen are responsible enough to call the police."