CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Police raided a West Side pawnshop Friday after they allegedly found several gold jewelry pieces reportedly stolen from homes around Charleston.
Detectives served a search warrant at Charleston Cash 4 Gold & Loan at 1305 W. Washington St.
Charleston Police Sgt. Bobby Eggleton said one storeowner, Kyle R. Thompson, 27, of Charleston, was charged with 32 counts of failure to report stolen items.
A city ordinance requires pawnshop owners to record serial numbers and makes and models of items they buy and sell.
Eggleton said detectives visited the business last year and met with the owners, Thompson and Gary W. Taylor, 26, of Charleston.
Detectives knew then that stolen items were being sold there, he said. The men were told to run a legitimate gold exchange business or face an arrest.
"That was a year ago, and here we are today," Eggleton said.