Trustees Consider New Pawnbrokers Ordinance

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The Plainfield Township Board is considering an ordinance that regulates the licensing and reporting requirements for pawnbrokers and secondhand, junk, precious metal and gem dealers. This ordinance would not apply to stores reselling donated items.

The proposed ordinance is at the request of the Kent County Sheriff’s Office, which believes it would create a streamlined reporting process for business owners and assist law enforcement in identifying stolen property and returning it to the rightful owner. State law requires these businesses to report all secondhand purchases to the local law enforcement agency within a specified timeframe.

Under the ordinance, handwritten reports would be replaced by electronic records, streamlining the reporting process for businesses and the Sheriff’s Office.

Several local communities have similar ordinances to assist law enforcement in recovering stolen property, including the cities of Grand Rapids, Kentwood, and Wyoming.

For more on the proposed ordinance, click here.