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Pawn Shop Owner Charged With Firearms Violations

WESTMINSTER, Md. (AP) — Maryland State Police say a pawn shop owner has been charged with more than 100 offenses months after a raid on the business during which stolen items were allegedly found.

Richard Benjamin Rivkin, 41,  owner of Carroll County Jewelry and Loan in Westminster, was charged Tuesday in a criminal information with more than 70 firearms offenses and other crimes.

Troopers say that an investigation of an April burglary of a Mount Airy home in which $70,000 worth of jewelry was stolen led to the finding that some of the stolen items were pawned at the shop.

Authorities say a search of the business in April netted numerous pieces of the stolen jewelry and 13 illegal firearms.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  • OldManMontgomery

    Odd. The original crime investigated was a residential burglary – which lead to the pawn shop discovered to be – seemingly – receiving stolen goods. But thirteen ‘illegal’ (what ever that means) firearms were also found and get top billing.

    Why not a headline saying “Pawn Shop Owner Arrested as Part of Stolen Goods Ring”?

    Just more politically correct to vilify guns, is it?

  • RobbyG

    Makes the OBummer Administration look better in the antigun activists.

  • Val Adams

    Man, that’s a huge amount stolen. The pawn shop is just a cover for his crimes. If you wanna pawn your items, go to a trusted online pawn shop .

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