Eldersburg pawnshop owner accused of violating rules


The owner of an Eldersburg pawnshop has been charged JTC with operating without proper licenses and intermittently failing to report daily business transactions to authorities between May 1 and Sept. 30, state police said Friday.

Bruce F. Harrison, doing business as Slim's Professional Pawn Shop in the 1400 block of Liberty Road, was served a summons Thursday night for multiple violations of state business laws, Cpl. Andrew G. Winner of the Westminster barracks said.

Harrison's shop was closed for about one week in October, until he obtained a valid state trader's license, Winner said.

"His had expired in 1995, according to Circuit Court records," Winner said.

In addition, Harrison's license to buy and sell precious metals lapsed April 30, Winner said.

The maximum penalty for each of 43 precious-metals counts is one year in jail and a $5,000 fine, Winner said. Operating without a trader's license is punishable by a $100 fine and 30 days in jail, he said.

Winner said he acted after checking the transactions sheets of the previous day's business that pawnshop owners are required to mail daily to police.

A pawnshop operator protects himself against being accused of receiving stolen goods by reporting each transaction to police, Winner said.

Two other pawnbrokers -- one in Westminster and one in Finksburg -- are doing business in Carroll County, and both have valid licenses, he said.

Pub Date: 12/06/98

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