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Release - Federal Way testifies for bill to curb home burglaries, theft of precious metals

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January 28, 2011     
Brian Wilson 
Chief of Police 
Jim Ferrell 
Federal Way City Councilmember 

Federal Way testifies for bill to curb home burglaries, theft of precious metals 

Legislation to curtail home burglaries that target precious metals received support from Federal Way’s police force at a hearing today in Olympia. Detective Grant Bassett testified for the city in favor of House Bill 1213, sponsored by Representative Katrina Asay, R-Milton,
"The proposed legislation establishes and implements stricter standards relating to property transactions involving gold and other precious metals,” said Brian J. Wilson, Federal Way Chief of Police, who also attended the hearing along with Lieutenant Stan Gordon. “It will provide police officers with additional time and tools to identify and recover stolen property often associated with the crime of burglary."

"Burglaries targeting homes with jewelry and precious metals are a growing problem in our community,” said Federal Way Councilmember Jim Ferrell, who is also a King County Senior Deputy Prosecutor. “The proposed legislation would make it more difficult for criminals to profit from these types of home burglaries by providing the same legitimacy and transparency currently required for other goods that are sold at pawn shops.”

House Bill 1213 would protect legitimate owners, consumers, pawnbrokers and secondhand dealers by establishing and implementing stricter standards for transactions involving property consisting of gold and other precious metals. The legislation would require improved documentation of transactions and a waiting period for sales of $100 or more.

The hearing on House Bill 1213 was held today in the House Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Committee. Similar legislation has been introduced in the Senate by Sen. Tracey Eide, D-Federal Way and is awaiting a hearing.


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