UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am
BRYAN -- When a thief steals someone's property, they're usually looking for a way to make a quick buck. And that's exactly what two criminals tried to do this week at a Bryan pawn shop but thanks to some quick thinking and strict rules, the crooks were unsuccessful.
Pawn shops may be booming right now but employees are always on the lookout for criminals trying to take advantage of the system.
"If someone comes in and they don't know what the item is and doesn't know how much its worth then that's kind of an indication that it's probably not theirs," said College Station Pawn manager, Shane Huggins.
And that's exactly what happened earlier this week at another pawn shop in Bryan.
Cleveland Mack and Alecia Johnson stole a saw from a construction site and tried to sell it to employees at the Lone Star Pawn Shop.
"When they couldn't start it or didn't know anything about the equipment it sent up more red flags and so we told them we weren't taking construction equipment at this time," said employee, Kimberly McDermott.
That's when Mack and Johnson tried to sell the stolen equipment to a man on the street, who happened to be the saw's owner.
The pair was arrested for theft and McDermott says this is why pawn shops have rules in place to prevent situations like this.
"If we take in something that is stolen and the police have to confiscate it, we lose money and if we're losing money then we aren't making money and that's the bad end of business."
And Shane Huggins says if a thief wants to make some quick cash, pawn shops are not the place to do it.
"It wouldn't be very smart because it will come up if the owner of the item has reported the item as stolen with serial numbers. It will come up and that person will be caught."