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City Council Plans To Vote On Municipal Code Changes

Bloomington Police want second-hand retailers to record and share more information about their transactions with law enforcement to combat theft.

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The city council plans to vote on regulations that would affect pawn shops and scrap metal dealers.

The Bloomington city council is expected to vote tonight on changes to the city regulation of pawn shops and scrap metal dealers.

The vote was postponed last week after several business owners approached the council asking for amendments, including certain exemptions for antique shops and other secondhand retailers.

The Bloomington Police Department initiated the discussion in an attempt to combat what law enforcement officials say is an increasing theft problem.

Bloomington Police want select businesses to start using new software that tracks and stores more information about their transactions so stolen property can be more easily recovered.

Business owners have voiced concern that the new regulations could hurt their sales and jeopardize the privacy of their customers.

Jimmy Jenkins

Jimmy Jenkins is a multimedia journalist for WFIU and WTIU news. A native of Terre Haute, he is a masters student at the Indiana University School of Journalism and is proud to be a part of the public broadcasting stations he listened to and watched since he was a child. Follow him on Twitter @newsjunkyjimmy.

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