The owner of a pawn shop in Muhlenberg Township has been issued more than two dozen citations for allegedly violating a township ordinance.
Nicholas Blanck, owner of Capitol Cash Exchange in the 2100 block of North 11th Street, violated an ordinance that requires owners of pawn shops and secondhand stores to file with the township's police department weekly reports that detail all transactions, police said.
Information that must be provided to police includes a description of all articles purchased or pawned, the date and time of each transaction, the date and time each article is to be redeemed, the amount of money lent or paid for the article and a description of the person or persons, including name, date and social security number, police said.
The ordinance, police said, is designed to protect buyers and pawn shops from potentially buying stolen goods and to make it more difficult for thieves to sell stolen items.
The ordinance also forbids certain goods from being sold for 15 days after they have been pawned, allowing time for stolen items to be identified and seized.
Blanck, 31, of Sinking Spring, violated the ordinance more than 2,600 times between April and November 2013, according to police records.