Precious Metals and Pawn Database
Precious metals licenses are reviewed and issued through the Precious Metals Unit. Complete national background checks are conducted on all precious metals and pawn shop agents, as well as their employees.
65,987 sales transaction slips containing 181,334 precious metal items were entered into the RIPPD.
The Office of Attorney General maintains the Rhode Island Precious Metals and Pawn Database (RIPPD). The RIPPD captures information from sales and pawn transaction records that, by law, are to be sent to the Office of Attorney General by precious metals dealers and pawn shops. The Precious Metals Unit receives an average of more than 80 “sale transaction” slips daily that contain anywhere from one to 10 sold items on each slip. In addition to the sales transaction slips, the Unit receives over 275 “pawn transaction” slips daily. These pawn transaction slips also contain anywhere from one to 10 items for each transaction.
Last year, 65,987 sales transaction slips containing 181,334 precious metal items were entered into the RIPPD by BCI personnel. As of December 31, 2012, there were 1,077,536 precious metal items contained in the RIPPD. This RIPPD is a critical law enforcement tool that aids police in the recovery of stolen jewelry and other precious metals. At the present time, the database is being accessed by police officers representing all Rhode Island police departments, as well as Southeastern Massachusetts and Connecticut police departments and federal agencies. The growth of access continues to increase as more out-of-state police departments learn about this valuable law enforcement tool that enables investigators to search by item description, date of transaction, dealers and sellers.
As a result of the information contained in the RIPPD database, defendants have been charged with a variety of felonies such as murder, burglary, arson, receiving stolen goods, breaking & entering, larceny, possession of burglary tools and larceny of a firearm. The descriptive information received from the database led police to the owners of the precious metals and aided in the apprehension of defendants.
The Office is in the process of making the RIPPD database an electronic system. This will allow data to flow more quickly into the system resulting in it being a more timely and effective tool for law enforcement to utilize.
Precious Metals Forms