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Pawn Shop Unit


The Pawn Shop Unit is a part of the Criminal Investigation Division. The Pawn Shop Unit ensures that all Pawn Shops and Jewelry Stores in Davidson County report their daily activities to the MNPD as is stated in T.C.A. 45-6-209(d). Pawn Shop Unit investigators routinely perform random inspections at pawn shops to verify that the information reported to the MNPD is correct. Cases investigated by this unit include but are not limited to: Theft, Embezzlement, Money Laundering and Organized Retail Crimes. This unit works closely with MNPD Precinct Investigations along with State, Local and Federal Law Enforcement Agencies. The Pawn Shop Unit also has a working relationship with all major retailers and grocery store chains.

Pawn shops and gold and silver stores should register at LeadsOnline to report daily transactions.

State Law: Notice Regarding Resellers of Stored Value Cards

The excerpt from the law that is related to the Pawn Shop Unit is shown below:

(5) Local law enforcement agencies shall notify merchants known to sell stored value cards of the recording and reporting requirements required by subdivisions (f)(1)-(f)(4). The notification to merchants shall be in writing and shall state the law enforcement agency's policy regarding how the information is to be reported in the applicable jurisdiction and certify that any data collected from the merchant will be stored in a secure and confidential manner. All records shall be delivered to the appropriate law enforcement agency or its designated reporting database in an electronic or other report format approved by that same agency within twenty-four (24) hours from the date of the transaction. The information shall be stored on a law enforcement owned, operated, and housed server. Any gift card database software should be free for state law enforcement agencies; state, county, and city government agencies; and for the merchants that are reporting.

This excerpt is taken from state law: SENATE BILL NO. 1717 An ACT to amend Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 39-14-113, relative to the Organized Retail Crime Prevention Act.

Full text of SENATE BILL NO. 1717