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Several Richmond County Pawn Shops Cited For Illegal Purchases Of Precious Metals, Gems

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Augusta, GA - Several Richmond County pawns shops and businesses that buy and sell precious metals and gems have been cited for illegally purchases.

We are told, over the past several days, RCSO deputies and investigators conducted an operation targeting businesses and individual buyers who were illegally purchasing Precious Metals (Gold, silver, platinum) and precious gems in violation of Augusta-Richmond County’s Precious Metals and Gems Ordinance (Chapter 6, Section 6-6-1 through 6-6-36) which was adopted May 21, 2013.

The two main focuses of the investigation were:

Buyers (business and individuals) who are purchasing gold, silver, platinum metals and or precious gems without first obtaining a regulatory permit from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office
Buyers (business and individuals who are purchasing gold, silver, platinum metals and or precious gems from individuals without obtaining any identification or documenting the sale (receipt of purchase, photos of material, fingerprint, and daily reporting).

During this operation plain clothes RCSO Investigators visited 30 pawn shops and gold buyers within Augusta-Richmond County with the sole purpose to identify and prosecute offenders who are illegally purchasing precious metals and gems. The below listed businesses were found to have violated the following county ordinance(s):

GA Pawn and Jewelry
Location: 1659 Gordon Highway, in Augusta
Violation: Failure to obtain any identification or documenting the purchase of precious metals and gems
Action: Magistrate Court Citation Issued

EZQ Pawn
Location: 2160 Martin Luther King Boulevard, in Augusta
Violation: Failure to obtain any identification or documenting the purchase of precious metals and gems
Action: Magistrate Court Citation Issued

Miller Pawn
Location: 2852 Deans Bridge Road, in Augusta
Violation: Failure to obtain any identification or documenting the purchase of precious metals and gems
Action: Magistrate Court Citation Issued

Hephzibah Pawn
Location: 2356 Highway 88, in Hephzibah
Violation: Failure to obtain any identification or documenting the purchase of precious metals and gems
Action: Magistrate Court Citation Issued

Golden Jewelers
Location: 3205 Deans Bridge Road (Walmart Shopping Center), in Augusta
Violation #1: Purchasing precious metal without first obtaining a regulatory precious metals buyer permit
Violation #2: Failure to obtain any identification or documenting the purchase of precious metals and gems
Action: Magistrate Court Citation Issued

Simons Auto Sales, Printing, and Gold Buying
Location: 2225 Wheeless Road Augusta, in Augusta
Violation #1: Purchasing precious metal without first obtaining a regulatory precious metals buyer permit
Violation #2: Failure to obtain any identification or documenting the purchase of precious metals and gems
Action: Magistrate Court Citation Issued

King’s Jewelers
Location: 3450 Wrightsboro Road (Augusta Mall-2nd Floor)
Violation #1: Purchasing precious metal without first obtaining a regulatory precious metals buyer permit
Violation #2: Failure to obtain any identification or documenting the purchase of precious metals and gems
Action: Magistrate Court Citation Issued

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office stresses that any anyone in the business of purchasing or dealing in precious metals (gold, silver, platinum), precious gems, and antique coins should contact Investigator Kendall Brown at 706-821-1440 or Deputy Cheryl Shields at 706-821-1447 to first obtain a Regulatory Permit, which is free of charge and to learn about the record keeping requirements when purchasing or dealing in precious metals, precious gems and antique coins.

Officials say, failure to comply with this law can and will result in citations and fines, confiscation of illegal purchased material and the possibility of business license revocation.
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