[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Riverdale 8-18-2008 by Ord. No. 9-2008. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Any person, partnership, corporation or other entity, whether permanent or itinerant, who, on one or more occasions (through any means), buys or sells secondhand gold, silver, precious metals, gems or jewelry, and includes anyone advertising the purchase or sale of any of the aforementioned items.
- ITINERANT BUSINESS
- Any business conducted intermittently within the Borough of Riverdale or at varying locations.
- Any person under the age of 18 years.
- PERMANENT-BASED BUSINESS
- Any business conducted on a year-round basis and housed in a single structure, such as a store or residence.
Each dealer conducting business within the jurisdiction of the Borough of Riverdale shall first register with the Chief of Police, who shall fingerprint the applicant and institute such an investigation of the applicant's moral character and business responsibility as he deems necessary for the protection of the public welfare. In the event that the dealer is a business entity other than a sole proprietorship, the officers in a corporation or the partners in a partnership (or limited partnership) shall be deemed to be the applicant(s) who shall be fingerprinted and investigated in accordance with this section. Upon completion of the investigation, the Chief of Police shall either issue or deny the license based upon the results of his investigation. Upon the issuance of the license, the applicant shall be given a copy of this Chapter 128.
Each dealer shall maintain a complete record of each purchase and sale, including the amount paid, a description of the item and any identifying numbers or engravings. The dealer shall also obtain the name, address, and date of birth, driver's license number and state of issuance for the person from whom the items were purchased, received or sold. This information is to be documented on the secondhand jewelry transaction receipt form supplied by the Riverdale Police Department. These records shall be subject to the inspection of any authorized police officer of the Borough of Riverdale. The records required to be maintained shall be kept confidential by the dealer and shall be released only to appropriate law enforcement personnel.
Each dealer doing business in the Borough of Riverdale shall deliver to the Chief of Police the description of all items purchased, received or sold, within 48 hours of the completion of the transaction, on the secondhand jewelry transaction receipt forms prescribed by the Chief of Police.
[Amended 10-17-2011 by Ord. No. 14-2011]
No dealer shall sell, melt or change the form of or dispose of any articles purchased or received within 20 days of the date of said purchase, and all such items shall be made available for at least 20 days to any authorized police officer requesting such items.
Each dealer must require identification of the person with whom he is transacting business, and no transaction may be made with any minor, as herein defined, nor with any individual who is in an intoxicated state and/or is under the influence of intoxicating liquor, narcotics or hallucinogenic or habit-producing drugs.
Licenses issued under the provisions of this chapter may be revoked by the Chief of Police, after a hearing, upon notice to the applicant, for any of the following causes:
Fraud, misrepresentation or false statement contained in the application for a license.
Fraud, misrepresentation or false statement made in the course of carrying on the business of purchasing secondhand precious metals, gems and jewelry.
Any violation of this chapter.
Conviction of any crime or disorderly persons' offense involving moral turpitude.
Conducting the business of soliciting or canvassing in an unlawful manner or in such a manner as to constitute a breach of the peace or to constitute a menace to the health, safety or general welfare of the public.
Any person who violates any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be subject to one or more of the following: a fine not exceeding $1,000, imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days, or a period of community service not exceeding 90 days. If the violation is of a continuing nature, each day during which it continues shall constitute a separate and distinct offense.