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Illinois' Pontiac Exchange marks 30th year in pawnshop business
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Pontiac Exchange's pawnshop is celebrating its 30th year in business. Wes Lane, owner, said that the business has grown and moved locations during the years of business in Pontiac, Ill. "We opened a gun shop in 1980 and in 1982, we opened a pawnshop along with the gun shop," said Lane. The shop has evolved and expanded since the start of the pawnshop in 1981. More

Rottweiler helps Moreno Valley, Calif.,
pawnshop worker take down robber

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A pawnshop employee took down a would-be robber with the help of a dog in Moreno Valley, Calif., and the entire incident was caught on camera. The robbery suspect, Hakim Salone, walked into the Empire Jewelry and Loan and pointed a gun at Richard Salgado, a store worker. That's when Capone, a Rottweiler, went after Salone. More

PBS airs the king 'stuff' shows
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Paul Brown runs the Gallery 63 antiques consignment shop in Buckhead, Ga. He calls a particular genre of television "stuff" shows. "American Pickers." "Hardcore Pawn." "Pawn Stars." "Cajun Pawn Stars." "Storage Wars." "Storage Wars Texas." Over the past three years, they've infiltrated the basic cable universe, feeding a seemingly insatiable appetite for programs that focus on buying and selling second-hand goods. Brown himself is star of "Auction Kings," which is starting its third season on the Discovery channel. More

Pawnshops help define a DC neighborhood
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Pawnshops are often among the earliest storefronts to open up in a neighborhood and usually the first to shutter if a street starts turning from funky shops to "fantastic" condos. So it was not a great surprise to hear that Sam's Pawnbrokers in Washington, D.C., is closing its doors in May, after more than 30 years of lending money and buying and selling stuff. More

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Goodfellas Pawn Shop provides quick loans
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Mention pawnshop and most people envision a negative experience. For many, it's a last resort, a place to get their hands on quick cash. And the money? It's often used for the basics — a car payment, rent or just to put food on the table. There's no doubt that most people who visit these businesses are financially hurting. But Armen Galstian, who owns the Goodfellas Pawn Shop at in West Covina, Calif., has a more upbeat take on things. More

Marietta, Ga., police investigate 'brutal' pawnshop robbery
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The Marietta Police Department is looking for a man suspected of stabbing a Georgia pawnshop employee over the weekend. The stabbing happened at around 10 a.m. April 14 at The Hock Shop. Marietta Police spokesman Det. Chris Lindsey said the suspect tried to rob the store and ended up struggling with the employee, who received life-threatening stab wounds during the attack. More

The guys from 'Pawn Stars' will guest star on Nickelodeon's 'iCarly'
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OMG guess what! Rick, Corey and Chumlee from the History Channel's hit show "Pawn Stars" will be guest starring on Nickelodeon's "iCarly". The show's creator Dan Schneider is a huge fan of the guys so he wrote them into an upcoming episode in which the characters have to drive to Las Vegas to pawn some of their possessions in order to get enough money to get Sam's (Jennette McCurdy) mom out of jail. More

'Posh' pawnbrokers opens in Manchester, United Kingdom
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A "posh" U.K. pawnbrokers has opened on Manchester's classiest shopping street – aiming to cash in on people wanting to sell luxury items. Owners of Suttons and Robertsons says it has already taken in Cartier and Rolex watches and Tiffany jewelry, since setting up shop on King Street. More

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Judge sentences Florence, SC, teen to life for pawnshop killing
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A Florence, S.C., teenager responsible for a fatal shooting at a pawnshop that claimed the life of a beloved local musician last year will spend the rest of his life in prison for his crimes. Jurors deliberated about two hours before finding now-18-year-old Tavario Brunson guilty of murder, attempted murder, armed robbery, second degree burglary and possession of a firearm in an April 12, 2011 robbery at Rick's Pawn Shop that left 33-year-old Stephen Christopher "Chris" Deaver dead and 37-year-old Donna Robinson wounded.

Braselton, Ga., updates pawnshop ordinance
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Braselton, Ga., doesn't have a pawnshop in its limits — but when it does, the town will be prepared with a recently-revised ordinance. The Braselton Town Council amended its pawnshop ordinance, marking the first revision to the document since at least 1996. More


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$100,000 bail set for man accused of stealing, pawning tools
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Prosecutors charged a Missoula, Mont., man with stealing and then pawning thousands of dollars worth of construction equipment. Investigators say Kory Steven Piatz took tools from construction workers and sold them to First Interstate Pawn. Missoula County deputies say when they located Piatz he lied about his name, and told them the workers had no proof he stole the tools. More

Pawnshop ordinance in Wisconson helps stop crime
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A recent string of bike thefts proves the new second-hand dealer ordinance is working, said Madison, Wis., police. Beginning Feb. 1, the city started requiring all second-hand stores to enter information about their purchases from the public into an online database called Leads Online. More

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