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Tri-City jewelry stores in state of Washington, pawnshops on alert after robbery
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Always be on the ball. Always be watching. That's what Tri-City jewelers and pawnshop owners say they're doing after a Kennewick, Wash., jeweler's family was tied up at home and he was forced to take masked gunmen to his store so they could rob it. It's been a week since Touchstone Jewelers co-owner Mark Welsh and his family were victimized in a well-planned robbery of a type usually imagined only on TV or in movies, and it's put other Tri-City business owners on high alert. "I've been talking to several jewelers and pawnshop owners who are really concerned. ... It rattled their minds," said Vincent Rundhaug, owner of Desert Gem Studio in downtown Kennewick. "It's like a wake-up call to run your security program to test it and make sure everything's in place." More

Law enforcement agencies in South Carolina differ on compensating pawnshops for stolen goods
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The Anderson County Sheriff's Office has paid at least $7,815 since 2009 to South Carolina pawnshops and other businesses that unknowingly bought stolen goods, records show. The money was distributed in 88 payments, according to a review of county financial records. Half of those payments went to two Anderson businesses: B&B Sporting Goods and Pawn, which received 22 payments totaling $2,645; and City View Pawn Shop, which received 22 payments totaling $1,462. More

High ticket items being pawned in weak economy
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Joe Cacciatore, of Capital Pawn in Tampa, Fla., says since the recession began he's received four Super Bowl rings, which are valued up to $25,000 each. Athletes and team officials have also come in to pawn a Stanley Cup Championship ring, and National Football Championship rings from Florida State and the University of Florida. Cacciatore will not identify the athletes, to protect their privacy. One NFL star went so far as to buff out the name and number from his NFL Players Association ring. "He was embarrassed to have his name on the ring he pawned, so he buffed them off," said Cacciatore. He opened what he calls a "high-end pawnshop” to cater to the elite who have fallen on hard times. More

Police say slaying of Frisco, Texas, man may be related to his cash-for-gold business
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Police say the slaying of a Frisco, Texas, man may be related to his cash-for-gold business. Kenneth James Andrews, 47, was found shot several times in an alley behind his two-story home. Frisco police combed the area and Andrews’ shop late into the evening but have made no arrests. Officers do not consider it a random act of violence, and issued a statement to say so. "We wanted to indicate that it's not someone rolling around in and out of Frisco; it's directed at an individual," said Frisco police Sgt. Adam Henderson. He called the link to the business "initial" and said he could not discuss it further. More


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Long before he became 'The Old Man' of 'Pawn Stars' fame, he was known around Lexington, NC, as 'Benny'
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Richard Benjamin Harrison still has a soft spot for the town where he lived most of the first 17 years of his life. “I had a very happy childhood,” Harrison said. “I have many fond memories of Lexington, N.C. I want to get back there soon.” Harrison is star of “Pawn Stars,” one of the most popular shows on cable television. He's patriarch of the family business, Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas. More

Woman charged with defrauding pawnbroker
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A former Brooksville, Fla., retirement home employee was fired two months ago after she was accused of using a resident's personal information to apply for a Discover card. She was arrested again for other charges committed against the same victim, according to the Brooksville Police Department. More

Panel finds 'no grounds' to oppose Chicago suburb pawnshop
despite neighbors' pleas

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The Maine Township Planning Commission will not recommend a formal objection to a proposed pawn shop in unincorporated Maine Township near Park Ridge in Illinois. The commission voted 4-0 against a recommendation that the Maine Township Town Board of Trustees protest the special-use permit sought from Cook County in order for the shop to operate within the Arthur's Court Shopping Center. More

Batavia, NY, pawnshop cashes in on a popular concept
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Looking for quick cash, or a way to dispose of an unwanted Christmas present? Or are you looking to clean out a closet or garage full of unused items? One of Batavia, N.Y.'s newest stores may the answer to all of those. More

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Applications for unemployment benefits rise
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New applications for jobless benefits rose by 25,000, to 410,000, reflecting choppy conditions in a still-tepid U.S. labor market. The number of new applications for unemployment compensation has jumped around in the past few months, ranging from 385,000 to 454,000, partly because poor weather and frequent holidays have caused paperwork delays at state unemployment offices. More

Pawn of a new era: Pawnbrokers enjoy a renaissance
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Charles Dickens cast pawnbrokers as the bad guys in his books and since then they’ve had something of an image problem. Seen as fat cats feeding off the misery of the desperate and the destitute, the trade has found this stereotype difficult to shake off. Maybe these age-old perceptions are changing in our new age of austerity because in modern Britain pawnbroking is big business. More

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