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Undercover Officers Raid Pawn Shop


Reporter: Rachel Schaerr | Videographer: Daniel Heffner

Campbell Co., VA - Undercover officers swarmed a Campbell County pawn shop, executing a search warrant at the Timberlake Trading Post and Pawn. It stemmed from some stolen jewelry investigators say was pawned there.

Around 10 a.m. Thursday, about a dozen officers pulled into the parking lot to execute the search warrant. By the time they left about two hours later, they drew a lot of attention from people who live nearby.

"I was just cleaning my room and a bunch of cops pulled up," said Cameron Tramett, who lives across the street.

According to the search warrant, investigators trying to locate some stolen jewelry learned it had already been sent to the refinery -- a violation of Virginia law.

"The code says precious metals, you have to keep for ten days after you notify police that they were taken in," Captain Billy Crowe said shortly after the raid.

The owner of the pawn shop admits the stolen jewelry was accidentally shipped to the refinery two days early.

"It was an unintentional mistake that will be corrected," Winston Scott said by phone.

The search warrant also says the pawn shop was not recording serial numbers of several electronics that were sold here.  The owner contends it was another error, but adds 99 percent of the time their paperwork is done correctly.

Officers with the Campbell County Sheriff's office with help from the Lynchburg police department seized a hard drive, three computers, a video recorder and vehicle titles.

"We're just concentrating on the records, matching up inventory versus what the pawn tickets actually describe," Crowe said.  

The sheriff's office will review all transaction records before deciding how to move forward with the case.
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