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Pawn shop employees charged in stolen goods probe

Posted December 23, 2008

— Five employees of local pawn shops were charged Monday in a three-month undercover investigation into the fencing of stolen goods, police said.

Elizabeth Gillespie O’Banion, 37, of 2381-C U.S. Highway 70 West in Goldsboro, was charged with four counts of receiving stolen goods and two counts of pawnbroker record-keeping violation. Mark Anthony Throm, 51, of 271 Grant Drive in Goldsboro, was charged with one count of receiving stolen goods. Eric C. Ludwig, 56, of 200 Bayleaf Drive in Goldsboro, was charged with one count of pawnbroker record-keeping violation.

All three worked at Quality Jewelry and Pawn, police said.

William Christopher Reavis, 38, of 103 Tow Bridge Lane in Goldsboro, was charged with two counts of receiving stolen goods and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon. Kelletrina Marie Reavis, 37, of the same address, was charged with one count of receiving stolen goods.

The Reavises worked at Gold City Pawn, police said.


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  • fatcat11 Dec 23, 2008

    Actually,pawnshops are instrumental in breaking many cases for the cops.

  • ncweddingdj.com Dec 23, 2008

    Goldsboro is a military town. Yet right next door, in Fayettteville, no corruption exists in this industry. Just last month, by comparison, the Pawnshops Independent Sales Syndicate Of Fayetteville Franchisees issued its annual report and no instances of wrongdoing were found or cited. So there.

    If you can't face t hose simple facts....

  • jlh4jdj Dec 23, 2008

    I think that most pawn shops have stolen goods in them. The only thing for me to ask is do they know and are they trying to make sure that the items are not stolen.

  • rogers922 Dec 23, 2008

    Pawn Brokering in some other states has gone very high-tech. When you pawn or sell something, your picture is taken, a readable copy of your ID is taken, a picture of everything you pawn or sell is taken as well as any serial numbers. If the item is to be sold, a 7 day wait is placed before it goes on the floor to determine if the item is stolen. If it is pawned, the items are checked against a theft list by the police. Because of the secuity involved in just walking in the door and surrendering ID and getting a picture taken, these types of shops are very rarely used for fencing stolen items. We have the technolgy - this state needs to go high tech as well. Maybe some of these items can be recovered and property insurance may go down.

  • christinathefern Dec 23, 2008

    I don't know about Raleigh, but I know in other communities, a copy of the pawn tickets are sent to the local PD where they are supposed to cross reference them against stolen items.

  • Seeminglyopposed Dec 23, 2008

    You are right,my home was robbed of almost the entire contents in raleigh. And all of the jewelry, cd's, boom box, telephones, etc. and other items were found at the pawn shop. I did not recover all of the items, because of the amount of items that were pawned and me having to leave the store and call the police some of the things were hidden before I could return. The pawn shop owners were never touched.

  • twc Dec 23, 2008

    Good job!!! Way to bust their thieving moderators!!! Think of the damage they've caused innocent people by participating indirectly or directly in these crimes!!!

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  • thefensk Dec 23, 2008

    What up Chief "thought the whole purpose of pawn shops was to give the crooks an outlet to sell their merchandise" ...

    I think that is flea markets.

  • carolinablueline Dec 23, 2008

    What's next, butcher's caught with meat?