Trooper Shane Jacobs
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 10, Harlan
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Barbourville Pawn Shop Owner Arrested
Date of News Release: 07/16/2012
(Barbourville, Ky.) – Kentucky State Police Post 10 has arrested a Barbourville Pawn Shop owner for several charges stemming from an investigation regarding stolen property.
Tpr. Jacob Wilson responded to the Vendors Mall after receiving a call from a person who stated that he had a tiller stolen and he had went to the Vendors Mall and found the tiller had been pawned there. The victim identified his tiller and the pawn shop owner, Randy Hale, 43 of Barbourville refused to release the property to the owner. The owner had to purchase the tiller back from Mr. Hale. Tpr. Wilson responded to the complaint and upon contacting Mr. Hale, he could not provide any information regarding who pawned the tiller or when it was pawned. According to state law, all pawn shops must record any and all pieces of property that they receive in on pawn, sale, or trade. The owner, Mr. Hale did not have any documentation and subsequently was charged with receiving stolen property under $10,000, tampering with physical evidence, and failure for pawn broker to give ticket and receipt for article pawned.
Mr. Hale was lodged in the Knox County Detention center. Investigation continues by Tpr. Wilson.