The Springfield City Council voted tonight not to increase a ten day holding period for pawnshops. The latest proposal before them on the subject looked to increase the days to hold an item from 10 to 21 days, but according to Springfield Councilor Tim Rooke, it failed.
Back in June, members of the Public Health and Safety Committee heard from both police and pawnshop owners on the matter. At the time the holding period proposal stood at 30 days.
It was put on the table for consideration so police could have more time to investigate whether the items are connected to home break-ins or other crimes.
But pawn shop owners said they lose money when they have to hold an item, and argued there are more efficient ways to check an item’s background.