“It was a little intimidating the first few times we used it,” Harrell said. “But all new things are. All and all, each transaction takes two or three minutes. It really isn’t any more than what we were doing before.”
Since 1917, the city has required pawnshops and secondhand stores to keep written records of each purchase and submit it to the police department every day.
“In my heart, I know this ordinance isn’t going to hurt businesses,” said Peru Mayor Jim Walker. “This is going to be a better tool to get stolen items back to their owner.”
After more than an hour of discussion, the council voted to approve the ordinance 5-2. District 4 Councilwoman Cheryl Lee and District 5 Councilman Terry Alley voted against the measure.