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Mishawaka police, pawn shops work together with new reporting system

Posted on June 18, 2014 at 3:39 p.m.

MISHAWAKA — The city of Mishawaka is working to crack down on the sale of stolen goods.

An ordinance passed June 2 by the Mishawaka City Council requires all businesses selling used or pawned items to log the items into LeadsOnline, a website that alerts police to stolen items, the South Bend Tribune reports.

The system allows business owners to input the item’s model number, serial number and a description and compares that information to theft reports from police agencies around the country. It will then alert the business and the police if the item comes up as stolen.

The cost of the system is being covered by the city. Businesses do not need to pay a fee to log in the items, according to The Elkhart Truth’s news partner, WNDU.com.

Business owners who already used the system told the city council that the number of stolen items coming through their store has decreased, according to the Tribune report.