Back in February, an initiative spearheaded by councilor Tom Ashe and council president Michael Fenton, set a city ordinance that required pawn shops to hold items for 30 days and to detail each item, in case they were stolen property.
"It was necessary to put these regulations in place for the criminal activity that was going on," Ashe said.
The ordinance went into effect on March 1, 2014.
Then on March 18, the Springfield Police Department went undercover and began compliance checks on all 23 licensed pawnbroker and junk-dealer establishments in the city.
They tried to sell jewelry and other items without producing photo I.D.'s or information on the items, a violation of the new ordinance.
The results, eight of the 23 establishments licensed in the city were found to be out of compliance.
Five were given fines ranging from $300 to $900.
Police said a decision is pending to see if one other pawn shop, 5th Avenue Jewelry, 1655 Boston Rd., will receive a fine.
Three shops did not have their licenses renewed as a recommendation by the police department.
"We felt that the violations were so serious and egregious that it was just the licenses were not renewed," Fitchet said.
Those that were not renewed were listed as:
"These establishments are really aiding and abetting criminal activity," Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said.
He said he hopes that these fines will now send a message to those establishments.
"They need to operate correctly and work with the police department," he continued.
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