CHAPTER 409
PAWNBROKERS

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Sec. 21-41. Record of property received and of persons depositing, pledging or selling same.

      Sec. 21-41. Record of property received and of persons depositing, pledging or selling same. (a) No pawnbroker or person who loans money on the deposit or pledge of wearing apparel, jewelry, ornaments, household goods or other personal property or purchases such property on condition of selling the same back again at a stipulated price or purchases such property from a person who is not a wholesaler shall take, receive or purchase such property without receiving proof of the identity of the person depositing, pledging or selling the property. Such identification shall include a photograph, an address, if available on the identification, and an identifying number. Any person who wilfully violates any provision of this subsection shall, for a first violation, have committed an infraction and, for a second or subsequent violation committed within two years of a prior violation, be guilty of a class A misdemeanor.

      (b) Each such pawnbroker or person carrying on such business of loaning money on the deposit or pledge of personal property or of purchasing such property on condition of selling the same back again at a stipulated price or of purchasing such property from a person who is not a wholesaler shall maintain a record-keeping system deemed appropriate by the chief of police in cities and by the selectmen in towns, in which shall be entered in English, at the time he receives any article of personal property by way of pledge, pawn or purchase, a description of such article, the name, residence, proof of identity as required in subsection (a) of this section and a general description of the person from whom, and the day and hour when, such property was received. Such record-keeping system and the place where such business is carried on and all articles of property therein may be examined at all times by any state police officer, by any municipal police officer, by the selectmen of the town or any person by them designated or, if such business is carried on in a city, by the chief of police of such city or any person by him designated. Any state police officer or municipal police officer of the town or city where the business is carried on who performs such an examination may require any employee on the premises to provide proof of his identity.

      (1949 Rev., S. 4665; P.A. 93-115; P.A. 97-164, S. 3; P.A. 05-288, S. 87.)

      History: P.A. 93-115 added new provisions as Subsec. (a) requiring a person depositing or purchasing items from a pawnbroker to provide proof of identification, designating former provisions as Subsec. (b); P.A. 97-164 amended Subsec. (a) to delete reference to "loan broker", include any person who "purchases such property on condition of selling the same back again at a stipulated price or purchases such property from a person who is not a wholesaler", replace the provision that no pawnbroker or person shall "sell" such property without proof of "identification" of the person "purchasing" the property with provision that no pawnbroker or person shall "purchase" such property without proof of "the identity" of the person "selling" the property, require the identification to include an address "if available on the identification" and include "an identifying number", and add penalty provision of an infraction for a first violation and a class A misdemeanor for a second or subsequent violation committed within two years, and amended Subsec. (b) to include the business of loaning money on the "deposit" of personal property and the business "of purchasing such property on the condition of selling the same back again at a stipulated price or of purchasing such property from a person who is not a wholesaler", require the maintenance of a "record-keeping system" rather than a "book", include articles received by "purchase" in the record-keeping requirement, authorize examination "by any municipal police officer" and authorize any state policeman or municipal police officer to require any employee to provide proof of his identity; P.A. 05-288 made technical changes in Subsec. (b), effective July 13, 2005.

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