Although there is currently no pawn shops in Winooski, the city council is considering an ordinance to regulate precious metal dealers. Winooski police say that the city has seen its share of burglaries, including jewelry.
Winooski Police Chief Steve McQueen wants to look into establishing rules in the event a dealer wanted to set up shop in the city.
“The conversation will center around regulating and licensing dealers, make sure they understand that they need to maintain and retain any of the precious metals for a certain period of time,” Chief McQueen said.
Chief McQueen added that even if the council wants to go ahead with a city law, it would still take months to establish. He also says that the city might wait to see what the state does to regulate dealers. Lawmakers failed to pass anything last session.