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Pawnshop in Georgia finds owner of missing class ring via social media
Gwinnett Daily Post
A Georgia pawnshop gave a man an early Christmas gift when the man was reunited with a long lost valued possession after 20 years. Jake Long, owner of the Pawn Express in LaGrange, thought he was encountering the usual seller at the shop, when he realized the man was attempting to sell a class ring containing an engraving that read, "Derrick Bryan, Troup High, 1991."
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Dallas police squad tracks frequent pawnshop sellers
The Dallas Morning News
His criminal record says he is a convicted thief, but John Tarves says he is simply a treasure hunter. Tarves, 70, said he makes thousands of dollars every year buying low at garage sales and selling high at pawnshops. "When you tell people, they don't believe it. They say, 'You must have stolen the stuff or something,' " Tarves said. "It's not stolen, believe me. I'm not stupid. If I stole something, would I take it to a pawnshop?"
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Texas state senator calls on Cash America exec to step down from state commission
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Democrat Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis, who is seeking to succeed Rick Perry as governor, called on William J. White, a vice president at Fort Worth-based Cash America, to resign as chairman of a state watchdog commission that oversees lending institutions. Davis, D-Fort Worth, spoke out after an El Paso Times article quoted White as blaming borrowers — not payday lenders — for getting themselves into a cycle of debt through the high-interest loans. If people make bad decisions, they must face the consequences, he told the paper.
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Addition will almost double size of Kentucky pawn business
The Morehead News
After maintaining success over the past 12 months, expansion is coming to Bypass Pawn in Morehead, Ky. Brothers Jeff and John Adams have managed Bypass Pawn since July 2012 and aren't afraid to let you know that business is going well.
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Mother tracks down child's Christmas present at Flint, Mich., pawnshop
Mlive
A Flint mother was able to track down her 6-year-old son's missing tablet Saturday, Dec. 28 at a pawnshop after it went missing from her home. She called police and told them the Christmas present valued at $100 had been a few days before the holiday, possibly by a family member who'd been inside the home.
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Harlem, NY, cops vs. iGrinches: Police in upper Manhattan, NY, trying to stop stores from selling stolen iPhones, iPads
New York Daily News
Harlem, N.Y., cops are flooding pawn shops and electronics stores, trying to slice the re-sale of stolen iPhones, iPads and other popular Apple gadgets, store owners and police sources said.

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Cash America closes on Georgia PawnMart locations
Atlanta Business Chronicle
Cash America International Inc. closed its deal to buy 31 PawnMart Inc. stores in Georgia and three in North Carolina for $61 million.

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Pawnshop nation
The Atlantic
Junk, clutter, crap, stuff — the rising tide, the rising gorge. Atop the unfixable air conditioner sits the box of unreadable books; somewhere nearby, dustily, sits your collection of plastic forks, and the unanswered letter from your uncle in prison. Are you going to do something about it? No. Never. Not a chance.

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Gun sale background checks in Colorado at record high
KKCO-TV
It's been almost half a year since several new laws kicked in that restrict the sales of firearms in Colorado, and according to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, the state has already performed more than 350,000 checks this year through last month, which is more than any other year.
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'Hardcore Pawn' discovers the 'Scent of Deception' on Tru-TV
Examiner
On a recent episode of "Hardcore Pawn," at Detroit's famous American Jewelry and Loan, the pawn shop that is never without conflict, crazies and sibling rivalry was titled, "Scent of Deception." As the episode begins, a woman comes in to see Les. She has diamonds her fiance gave her that he paid $1,000 for, and she wants $300 for them.
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NOPD: 3 men steal 20 guns from Gentilly, La., pawnshop on New Year's Eve
The Times-Picayune
Police are searching for three men wanted for stealing around 20 guns during an early-morning pawnshop burglary in Gentilly,La., according to police reports. New Orleans police said the three men broke into the shop about 4 a.m. on Dec. 31. Surveillance footage shows the men break into the shop and proceed to rummage through the store, before loading the guns into a City of New Orleans garbage can and fleeing the scene.
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Contentment is the enemy of greatness
By C. Fredrick Crum
I recently heard a quote from Rick Warren, author of "The Purpose Driven Life." The quote goes as follows: "If you don't learn contentment, you'll never be happy. You'll always want more." Needless to say Rick Warren's quote caused me to shout, "You are wrong, you are dead wrong!" In my world, you are either in a state of improvement or a state of decline. There is no plateau. There is no contentment. While others are busy being content, the rest of us are happily working to pass them by.
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Pawnshop owners covered up purchase of jewelry from Deerfield, Fla., slaying, deputies say
Sun-Sentinel
The owners of a West Palm Beach, Fla., pawnshop bought jewelry stolen from the elderly victims of a gruesome Deerfield Beach, Fla., double homicide — and then covered it up by falsifying records, Palm Beach County deputies say.
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Cash America completes purchase of 34 pawnshops in Georgia and North Carolina
4-traders
Cash America International, Inc. said that it has finalized the acquisition of a chain of 34 pawn lending locations in the States of Georgia (31 locations) and North Carolina (three locations). In a release, the company said that these stores were owned by PawnMart, Inc. and operate primarily under the PawnMart brand in both markets. Cash America previously announced that it had signed a definitive agreement in connection with the acquisition in August 2013, with the intention of completing the acquisition during the fourth quarter of 2013.
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