Pawn shop helps state police ID burglary suspects

Pawn shop helps state police ID burglary suspects

ALSACE TWP., Pa. - Police are searching for two men who reportedly pawned thousands of dollars worth in jewelry that had been stolen hours earlier from a home in Alsace Township.

The burglary happened in the 30 block of Juniper Lane around 9 a.m. on Aug. 20, police said.

James Ciaramitaro, 37,  of Easton, allegedly stole $2,200 in jewelry from the home, and took it to "Cashing In," located in the 900 block of Penn Street in Reading.

There, 23-year-old Craig Pursley, of Middleburg, pawned the pieces, police said.

"Pursley actually pawned this stuff and gave his identification," said Pennsylvania State Police Tpr. David Beohm. The pawn was also caught on surveillance video.

"Cashing In" owner Wilfredo Mendez told 69 News that he makes photocopies of every seller's valid Pennsylvania Driver's License and includes the image with a detailed report. If the seller is from out-of-state, Mendez fingerprints them.

Mendez turns the reports and video surveillance over to police.

According to Reading Police Capt. Jeffery Parr, all pawn shops in the city are required to report sales to police. Some send daily electronic copies, and others deliver reports in-person, he said.

"The pawn stores don't want to be known to be selling stuff that was stolen from a burglary," said Beohm. "They sell legitimate stuff in there."

Beohm said one of the stolen pieces of jewelry in Alsace Township was recovered and returned to the owners, which is uncommon.

Ciaramitaro is charged with burglary, felony criminal trespass, theft and other offenses.

Pursley is charged with receiving stolen property and conspiracy.

Police advise that people take photographs of their jewelry and personal items. Parr also suggested that people record the serial numbers on items, whenever possible. Presenting photos and descriptions can help recover stolen property.

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