Pawn Shop Owner Charged With Selling Stolen Property

A New Bern Pawn shop owner will have his first court appearance Tuesday, on charges he sold stolen goods.

New Bern Police say Charles Jinkins Surrendered at the New Bern Police Department for charges stemming from an ongoing investigation of stolen property that was reported on April 28.

Jinkins was charged with receiving stolen property and possession and sale of stolen property at his shop, Pawn etc.

Jinkins is in the Craven County Jail under a $15,000.00 secured bond.


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  • by Bobby Location: Raleigh on May 8, 2010 at 06:00 AM
    You cannot judge an industry by the misdeeds of the few. There are crooked doctors, lawyers, politicians and policemen. But the vast majority of them are honest people. The same goes for pawnbrokers. I own several pawn stores. We work closely with law enforcement to make sure that we do not take stolen property. If we do, it usually is a family matter where some kid took his parents property or a boyfriend/girlfriend issue. When stolen property is found at a pawn store, the police confiscate it. The pawnbroker is out the money and the property. Our company records show that only ONE out of thousand items is picked up as stolen. This is .05%, and the other 99.95% is not picked up. People who broadly state incorrect facts about pawn stores are ignorant. Facts are facts and opinions are opinions. You are entitled to your opinion, but GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT! Movies and TV dramas sensationalize and misrepresent the pawn industry. If guilty, I hope that he is punished justly!
  • by Charlie Location: Indiana on May 5, 2010 at 08:10 AM
    For the record, any reputable pawn shop participates in programs like Leadsonline to ensure merchandise has not been listed as stolen by comparing serial numbers and descriptions to a national police database. We do not want stolen goods in our stores. We concentrate on retail as much as pawn loans, but a lot of our retail comes from sources like refurbished warranty vendors. We get better TVs, Blueray Players and home electronics from vendors than we do from the public and can sell those with warranties. That also allows us to work with our customers on their loans so that we do not have to consume their items into our inventory. Don't let 1% of the people in this industry influence your opinion on it. There are 3 publicly traded companies that primarily own pawn shops, there are 12,000 or so pawn shops in the U.S. We are a big industry and like any big industry there will be a small percentage of people doing what they can to cheat the system.
  • by PawnMaster on May 5, 2010 at 06:32 AM
    To all the brainiacs that have posted here stating that pawn shops make their living selling stolen goods...pawn shops make their living from money on loans, not selling merchandise.
  • by Anonymous on May 4, 2010 at 03:38 PM
    I think the SBI needs to find better things to do like work on the problem with drugs and gangs in our area.
  • by Anonymous on May 4, 2010 at 03:06 PM
    Joe for Sheriff! Go get 'em, Joe. I'd bet you could stop them all! Why haven't you worked as a LEO already?
  • by joe on May 4, 2010 at 12:05 PM
    To Retired SBI. You must not have done your job very well if you were aware that stolen merchandise was being bought & sold in these stores. Why wasn't the law being enforced? You were sworn to uphold all laws when you took the oath. Also if you knew where these items were being sold (Ebay or Craigslist) why were these people charged? Especially if they were being shipped across state lines. Would that not be a huge violation?
  • by Retired SBI Location: Greenville on May 4, 2010 at 10:28 AM
    You would be suprised at HOW MANY items in a pawn shop are stolen. Many times the pawn shop will "misplace" the pawn ticket, fail to fill it out properly, or just not fill one out at all. Most items that are perceived as clearly hot by a pawn shop are usually moved by other means(ebay or craigslist). In the eyes of law enforcement pawn shops are an area that is not usually enforced
  • by joe braswell on May 4, 2010 at 09:56 AM
    Very little stolen items come into pawn shops. The public beleives that it happens all of the time when in fact it does not. Just like any other business there are also bad pawn shop owners. Go into a pawn shop & try to sell an item. If they do not ask for ID you are in one of those bad shops. Really if you were going to steal an item would you sell it where they require ID? Like "joker" says go somewhere they do not ask for ID & have you on video.
  • by joker Location: havelock on May 4, 2010 at 08:51 AM
    Silly rabbit, stolen goods should be sold at flea malls, not a pawn store!
  • by A Location: Kinston on May 4, 2010 at 05:46 AM
    I know Charles and it is hard to believe that he would knowingly do something like that. He is such a nice man, his whole family is. Stay strong.
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