Pawn shops help police crack down on crime


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Updated: 5/07/2013 9:09 am Published: 5/06/2013 9:44 pm


When FOX23 ran into Brandy Burgess-Buchanan, she was thumbing through her receipts of items she said were stolen out of her Muskogee home on Tuesday night.

“$4200 tv, blue ray, our sound system,” said Burgess-Buchanan.

Burgess-Buchanan was holding out hope her items may have been brought to the pawn shop.

Muskokogee Police Lt. Bobby Lee said reports of break-ins and thefts are piling up on his desk.

“Seems like we arrest one person, one day and then two people are doing it,” said Lee.

Part of the problem is attrition. Fewer officers are on the streets. 

Big ticket items like laptops, tablets, or purses that are often left in plain sight. Lt. Lee said pocket change can be a target too.

“They’ll break out the window for a dollars’ worth of change,” said Lee.

“This is dubbed as new jack city,” said Burgess-Buchanan.

That’s what Burgess-Buchanan is calling Muskogee with 17 car break-ins and 27 home break-ins reported in April.

A 20 minute walk in her neighborhood is all it took for thieves to take her brand new tv.

“It’s really depressing because it’s hard these days,” said Burgess-Buchanan.

They walk out of the pawn shop with only their receipts in hand hoping they’ll get lucky at the next one.

Police suggest you write down your serial numbers in case your property is stolen.


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Unwashed Mass - 5/7/2013 10:27 AM
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Just read the story where Muskogee was using all it's police to fight the War On Drugs, so that leaves none for patrolling streets? Sounds like poor management, they will probably say more money will fix it.
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