TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Companies that pay customers for gold and other jewelry sent in by mail would have to take photographs of all the items and provide them online to law enforcement under a bill that passed the Florida Senate.
Law enforcement officers have been concerned that the mail-in businesses, which have grown in the past few years, could and have been used by thieves to get rid of stolen goods.
The Senate unanimously passed the bill (SB 2700) Wednesday. A companion bill (HB 1485) is still pending in the House, which is expected to take up the Senate bill.
Under the Senate measure, sellers would also have to provide their name, address, government identification and a sworn statement saying they are the owners of the property. Buyers would also have to keep written records.