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.)

Comments (3)
  1. 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?

  2. RobbyG says:

    Makes the OBummer Administration look better in the antigun activists.

  3. Val Adams says:

    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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