Are pawn shops giving drug addicts cash for stolen goods, no questions asked?

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by Adam Walser

WHAS11.com

Posted on February 4, 2013 at 10:23 AM

Updated Monday, Feb 4 at 7:34 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Drugs... burglaries... pawn shops... more drugs.... For years, that was the endless cycle for admitted serial burglar Christopher Meadors, who became addicted to painkillers after he was injured on his construction job.
 
"It's the simplest, easiest way for someone like me to get money," Meadors said, from a jailhouse interview.

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The I-Team tracked down Meadors after being contacted by one of his victims.
 
A Spencer County couple said Meadors burglarized their home, stealing jewelry, DVDs, cash and credit cards.
 
They were able to lead authorities to him after he used the stole card with the victims' name on it to pay a debt at the same pawn shop where he pawned two stolen rings.
 
Even though police put a "hold" on the stolen items, the pawn shop sold them, after being told they were stolen.
 
The store also accepted more pawns from Meadors, even after they were made aware he pawned stolen items and used a stolen credit card in the store.
 
Meadors believe these stores know they are buying stolen goods for pennies on the dollar, but continue to help burglars support drug habits to profit themselves.
 
"I've never been turned away, and I've been to every pawn shop in Louisville, "Meadors tells the I-Team.
 
Hear more about this issue straight from the viewpoint of a burglar and his victims in an I-Team Special Report, Monday night at 6.
 

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