August 02, 2018 01:50 PM
The owner and a store manager of a pawn shop in Brighton are facing several felony charges following a raid by Monroe County Sheriff's deputies and the Rochester Police Department.
Deputies told News10NBC the raid was conducted at Mr. Deals on West Henrietta Road following a six-month investigation. The owner, 29-year-old Marcus Luciano, and the manager, 22-year-old John Lombardo, are facing numerous felony charges including possession of stolen property and falsifying business records.
"They're facing multiple felony charges...very serious...so this should put other pawn shops on notice that we're looking into these things," said Sgt. John Watson of the Monroe County Sheriff's Office. "Through our investigation, we were able to prove that they willingly and knowingly took in stolen property and they weren't checking the IDs properly."
Officers and deputies seized hundreds of thousands of dollars in merchandise. Many items were brand new and still in boxes from places like Home Depot.
"A lot of pets supplies, pet vitamins, flea and tick medication, vitamins for people, all kinds of electronics, brand new tools that were in the box, a lot printer ink," said Sgt. Watson.
Watson says pawn shops can fuel the drug trade, but it's not just what was seized that makes the raid at Mr. Deals so significant -- it's the connection to a bigger problem in Monroe County.
"A lot of this stolen property is coming from people who have an addiction who are stealing to take things into the pawn shop to feed that addiction."
Luciano and Lombardo both pleaded not guilty Tuesday night.
They are due back in Brighton Town Court Wednesday afternoon.
News10NBC has modified the above story we ran on April 24, 2018, and posted to WHEC.com on April 25, 2018.
In the original version of this story, we reported that Monroe County Sheriff's deputies say pawn shops can fuel the drug trade. Included in that report, we stated, "you may recall that another pawn shop, 'Megapawn,' was shut down years ago."
This statement was not intended to imply that the closure of 'Megapawn' was related to the drug trade.
To clarify, 'Megapawn' was closed because Monroe County denied its license application.
We sincerely apologize for any confusion this may have caused.
Updated: August 02, 2018 01:50 PM
Created: April 25, 2018 07:48 AM
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