Raided pawn shop owner responds

MORAINE, Ohio (WDTN) – The man who owns a Moraine pawn shop is defending himself after police raided his business.

Jeff Rich sat with his attorney Friday afternoon to discuss what happened Wednesday.

Moraine police raided the Springboro Pike business and Rich’s Kettering home. They say people who steal items from bigger stores then, “they’re turning that merchandise into the store, obtaining gift cards and store credits or they’re taking that merchandise directly to the pawn shop and selling those items,” said Moraine police.

Rich’s attorney, Patrick Mulligan, says Moraine has no authority to regulate pawn shops. The State of Ohio regulates pawn shops.

Mulligan says previous charges were filed against Rich in April 2013 that prosecutors dismissed in January 2014.  He says Rich’s business passed state audits and says confiscated property was an “unlawful taking of property”.

According to Mulligan, police don’t have proof that Rich was aware the items he received were stolen.

Pawn shop owners use a specific website for inventory, listing all items, along with serial numbers. Mulligan said police never addressed Rich about any of the items he logged, until they raided his shop.

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