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Pawn shop owner arrested for no license, wearing customer's jewelry

September 20th, 2013 3:07 pm by Nick Shepherd

Pawn shop owner arrested for no license, wearing customer's jewelry

Tabitha Taylor

KINGSPORT — A pawn shop owner was arrested for not having a license and wearing jewelry she purchased from a customer, according to the Kingsport Police Department. 

Tabitha S. Taylor, 37, 895 West Center St., was arrested and charged with converting property obtained by a pawn broker for personal use, violation of the 20-day holding period for precious metal sales, seven counts of failure to report precious metal sales and failure to have a license to operate as a pawn broker.

Police were alerted to the incident after they were notified Taylor had sold a customer's pawned jewlery prior to the mandatory 20-day holding period. 

While at the pawn shop, detectives observed Taylor wearing a necklace she admitted to purchasing from a customer. She could not provide either a pawn ticket or sales receipt for the necklace, which resulted in the charge for converting property obtained by a pawn broker for personal use.

Investigators also found seven pawn tickets for precious metals collected in the past month that had not been reported to the KPD as required by law. 

When asked for a business license, Taylor could not produce one. After further investigation, neither Taylor nor Classic Pawn have been licensed with Kingsport since 2005 and have not been licensed with Sullivan County since 2010.  


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