Investigators bust multiple gold buyers

By: Staff
By: Staff

Thursday, May 22, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Richmond County Sheriff’s Office investigators visited 30 pawnshops and gold buyers in Richmond County to find and prosecute offenders who are illegally purchasing precious metals and gems.

The Sheriff's Office was targeting buyers and individuals who bought gold, silver, platinum metals and/or precious gems without a free regulatory permit or those who bought those items without obtaining identification or documenting the sale (receipt of purchase, photos of material, fingerprint and daily reporting).

The following lists each store, violation and subsequent action:

TGA Pawn and Jewelry
Location: 1659 Gordon Highway Augusta, GA
Violation: Failure to obtain ANY identification or documenting the purchase of Precious Metals and Gems
Action: Magistrate Court Citation Issued

EZQ Pawn
Location: 2160 Martin Luther King Blvd Augusta, GA
Violation: Failure to obtain ANY identification or documenting the purchase of Precious Metals and Gems
Action: Magistrate Court Citation Issued

Miller Pawn
Location: 2852 Deans Bridge Road Augusta, GA
Violation: Failure to obtain ANY identification or documenting the purchase of Precious Metals and Gems
Action: Magistrate Court Citation Issued

Hephzibah Pawn
Location: 2356 Hwy 88 Hephzibah, GA 30815
Violation: Failure to obtain ANY identification or documenting the purchase of Precious Metals and Gems
Action: Magistrate Court Citation Issued

Golden Jewelers
Location: 3205 Deans Bridge Road (Walmart Shopping Center)
Violation #1: Purchasing Precious Metal without 1st obtaining a regulatory precious metals buyer permit
Violation #2: Failure to obtain ANY identification or documenting the purchase of Precious Metals and Gems
Action: Magistrate Court Citation Issued

Simons Auto sales, Printing and Gold Buying
Location: 2225 Wheeless Road Augusta, GA
Violation #1: Purchasing Precious Metal without 1st obtaining a regulatory precious metals buyer permit
Violation #2: Failure to obtain ANY identification or documenting the purchase of Precious Metals and Gems
Action: Magistrate Court Citation Issued

King’s Jewelers
Location: 3450 Wrightsboro Road (Augusta Mall- 2nd Floor)
Violation #1: Purchasing Precious Metal without 1st obtaining a regulatory precious metals buyer permit
Violation #2: Failure to obtain ANY identification or documenting the purchase of Precious Metals and Gems
Action: Magistrate Court Citation Issued


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