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2/11/2013 6:01:00 AM
Pawnshop owners in Kingman cool to proposed fee
MCSO plans to use funds to subscribe to pawn ticket Internet database

Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa
Miner Staff Reporter


Pawnshop owners in Mohave County aren't too thrilled about a new dollar per transaction fee the Mohave County Sheriff's Office wants to charge to cover the cost of a new pawn ticket tracking system.

The Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on the proposed fee on May 6 at the County Administration Building.

Arizona Revised Statutes require pawnbrokers to provide local sheriff's offices with the name, address, phone number, fingerprint and a description of the person pawning an item and a description of the item being pawned within 48 hours. Even though the law allows it, MCSO currently doesn't charge pawnbrokers a fee.

Pawnbrokers are objecting to the fee because many of them already have to pay a per transaction fee to local police departments.

"I average around 9,000 tickets a year between my two shops. The city of Kingman already charges me three dollars a ticket," said Jerry Homer of Pawn World. "That cost gets passed down to customers, who don't have much money to begin with. That's why they're here."

"We pay around one or two dollars a ticket to Bullhead City," said Tony Shaddiz of Pawn Plus in Bullhead.

Chad McQualcy of Pawn Starz in Lake Havasu City wasn't too keen on the idea either, even though the Lake Havasu Police Department doesn't charge a fee for processing tickets.

Mohave County Chief Deputy Sheriff Jim McCabe explained that the office wants to charge the fee to cover the cost to subscribe to and operate a new national Internet pawn ticket database called Leads Online.

A license to access the system is expected to cost the department nearly $6,000 a year, he said. The cost doesn't include the cost for dispatchers to input the information into the system and for detectives to check and double check the system. The county's Office of Management and Budget did a cost analysis of the system and suggested the $1 fee.

"This is not a profit maker," McCabe said. But it will make it easier to recover stolen property and track down suspects.

The new system is accessed through the Internet and requires the name, address and a photo of a customer, along with photos of the pawned item and a customer's fingerprint, McCabe said.

"That sounds like a lot of extra steps," Shaddiz said. "I have around 100 customers a day."

It is extra work, McCabe said. But, all of that information makes it easier to recover stolen property and track down suspects, even if the stolen item is pawned out of state.

"We had the chance to try it out for 30 days and were able to track an item that was stolen in Bullhead City to a pawnshop in Henderson (Nev.) and an item that was stolen in Kingman to a shop in Lake Havasu City," he said. "That's something that would have been difficult under the current system."

If all goes well, MCSO may contact local police departments to see if they would like to use the system, McCabe said. That may lower city pawn ticket fees, but that decision would be up to the individual cities, he said.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Article comment by: anonymous anonymous

o.k.r....yes I did say county, not country, if I was discussing country I would have said we have a divided national government, congress ruled by GOP and their pets the teapublicans, versus the democrats and a few independents, as to senate its democrat controlled, white house democrat controlled, grid lock is what we have nationally, but I still fail to see how that effects those you elect in Mohave county!

Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Article comment by: V Stokes

@ origional kingman resident
A A said "county".....not "country".


Posted: Monday, February 11, 2013
Article comment by: origional kingman resident

@ Ano Ano

First, you have made a nonsensical reply to my comment.

I was pointing out that the dems are notorious for calling fees taxes and vice-verse.

Second, you need to check the parties of the majority of the Senate and the President. This country is not under Republican rule.


Posted: Monday, February 11, 2013
Article comment by: Dave Coop

So let me get this strait. The pawn shops are paying a fee to do the law enforcement's job... Am I crazy to think that it's the county who should be paying the pawn shops to do this?

Posted: Monday, February 11, 2013
Article comment by: Doing Research

@Patty H

Good question - and with the Bullhead fee being only $2 total, why does the city of Kingman need so much more than BHC?

If this ticket tracker is county wide then Kingman *should* be able to back off with their current $4 ticket price and MCSO should agree to share access with all local PDs.

Unless Kingman's ticket fee goes to something other than KPD's ticket tracking system, pawnbrokers in town should see a new reduction in costs.

If that's not the case, something is fishy here - if so, pawnbrokers should demand some accountability on the part of the city to itemize how the fee is used.


Posted: Monday, February 11, 2013
Article comment by: anonymous snonymous

O.K.R....guess the truth hurts don't it? Get used to the fact you live in a county dominated by republican rule, if your unhappy you go no one to blame but your party!

Posted: Monday, February 11, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

Exactly why do pawnshops not want to follow the letter of the law? Sound fishy to me.

Posted: Monday, February 11, 2013
Article comment by: out of town

How about cooperation among law enforcement agencies to avoid duplication of efforts and fees? The municipalities and the county could join together and use this enhanced tracking system or let the SO be the central information agency and disperse information about suspicious activity to local police.

Posted: Monday, February 11, 2013
Article comment by: Origional Kingman Resident

@ano Ano

"Funny the democrats a tax a tax, the GOP has a cute alternative name for the same thing its a fee! "

Are you sure you want to go there?

Seems to me there was a certain fee under Obama Care that was quickly changed to a "tax" when the matter went before the Supreme Court.


Posted: Monday, February 11, 2013
Article comment by: d l

The pawnshop makes an offer to buy something, the customer accepts it and then the pawnshop deducts the fee from the amount the customer would get. What's the problem? Or, the pawnshop lowballs the customer by an extra $3 and tells the customer that the pawnshop will cover the fees.
I have no sympathy for pawnshops, they make money hand over fist by lowballing desperate people.


Posted: Monday, February 11, 2013
Article comment by: patty hertz

What is the fee being paid to the City cover? If this County fee is a redundant fee for what the City fee is charging then one or the other should cancel out. On another more important note, sometimes I'll take something to the pawn shop instead of Arc or St. Vincents. Doesn't mean I'm broke. It's easier than a yard sale! I do not like the idea of more government tracking my transactions. This will eventually be twisted into tracking additional income to tax customers. I already am all cash, no credit or debit cards. You want your country back? Stop using CC's and stop buying from the nations (worlds) most powerful corporations. And don't let the government track your transactions under the guise of helping you catch a thief. It's just stuff and not worth your privacy.

Posted: Monday, February 11, 2013
Article comment by: Dennis Jablonski

Place the responsibility to recover 'All' the fees onto those convicted of stealing. I have been a victim and I want the system in place!

Posted: Monday, February 11, 2013
Article comment by: L Smith

They Should charge the Sheriff Dept for all the extra work and time it will take to fill out all the paper work, Go ahead and make up your own price.
Don't worry the tax payers will pay it.
What about the privacy issue.


Posted: Monday, February 11, 2013
Article comment by: Golden Valley

Doesn't Make Sense:
How can you make judgment on "the customer" not protecting their stuff? The pawn shop in Golden Valley is a perfect example of why I hate shops like that. I protected my stuff the best I could but I went to work everyday which opened my home to criminals. I was told who did it and where my stuff was. It was actually my father's stuff who recently passed away. I didn't get a chance to take pictures, write down serial #s and etc. Due to that, police couldn't track it. The shop owner was very rude to me and not helpful at all. She protected the criminal by not aiding the police and myself.


Posted: Monday, February 11, 2013
Article comment by: Doesn't Make Sense

Fees are usually charged for services rendered. The broker does most of the work (requires the name, address and a photo of a customer, along with photos of the pawned item and a customer's fingerprint) and the customer gets his items returned if found. The broker gets nada. How about charging the customer who gets the items returned for this service and part goes to the sheriff and part to the broker for wasted time? The customer gets off scot-free ( (a medieval term for tax) and he was the one who was not protecting his stuff sufficiently. Good deal for him. Besides, once the criminals get wind of this system they will simply go somewhere else to sell their loot.

Would be interesting to study the actual results over a year's time of value of items returned vs. cost of the system and broker time. You may find out that it costs more than it's worth.


Posted: Monday, February 11, 2013
Article comment by: The Fox Hound

If the MCSO wants to raise some money they ought to go after the real criminals. Put a $1.00 fee on all bank transactions. I mean these guys not only pulled off the biggest fraud in American history they got their bonus as well. But I'm sure MCSO would rather go after pawn shops which are just poor peoples bank. Take from the poor and give to the rich sounds like class warfare to me. Just saying.

Posted: Monday, February 11, 2013
Article comment by: Account For

What are the fees CURRENTLY being charged paying for?

Posted: Monday, February 11, 2013
Article comment by: anonymous anonymous

Funny the democrats a tax a tax, the GOP has a cute alternative name for the same thing its a fee! I wonder is the fiscal geniuses in Mohave county, them GOP experts on finance having trouble paying for law enforcement now? I mean they are having trouble paying their fire fighters, one has to wonder when will the voters wake up and realize them promises the GOP has been making for decades just do not materilaize!

Posted: Monday, February 11, 2013
Article comment by: Capt. Nice

What do our paid officials do all day, sit around trying to figure out how to squeeze more money out of the people?
Kinda reminds me of the tag you have to by for your quad at $25 dollars each and that was for building trails etc.....after research I found out the millions collected just went into the general fund to be spent how ever they wanted.
When does it end?




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