[R.O. 2006 §640.010; CC 1988 §19-51; Ord. No. 1216 §1, 6-22-1994]
Missouri Cities of the Fourth Class, Wentzville being such, have the authority to provide for the licensing and regulation of pawnbrokers and those dealing in jewelry, coins and precious stones pursuant to the provisions of Sections 79.450, 94.270 and 367.010 et seq., RSMo., 1986, as amended.
[R.O. 2006 §640.020; CC 1988 §19-52; Ord. No. 1216 §2, 6-22-1994]
A "pawnbroker" is any person engaged in the business of lending money on the security of pledged goods or engaged in the business of purchasing tangible personal property on condition that it may be redeemed or repurchased by the seller for a fixed price within a fixed period of time.
[R.O. 2006 §640.030; CC 1988 §19-53; Ord. No. 1216 §3, 6-22-1994]
Every pawnbroker shall keep a register of all loans and purchases of all articles effected or made by him/her, which register shall show the date of loans or purchases, and the names of all persons who have left any description of property on deposit as a collateral security or as a delivery on sale thereof. Opposite such name and date shall be written in plain hand the person's age and motor vehicle operator's or chauffeur's license number, or social security number or other identification of public record designated in a list of such items established by the License Collector; a full description of all such property purchased or received on deposit as collateral security, the manufacturer's identifying insignia or serial number, if applicable, the time when the loan falls due, the amount of purchase money or the amount loaned and the interest charged and the picture number. In addition to this, he/she shall give the party negotiating or selling a plain written or printed ticket for the loan, and a plain written or printed receipt of the articles purchased, having on each a copy of the entries required by this Article to be kept in his/her register. For the ticket or receipt, he/she shall not be entitled to make any charge. A third (3rd) copy of such register shall be forwarded on a weekly basis to the City Police Department to become part of their record.
[R.O. 2006 §640.040; CC 1988 §19-54; Ord. No. 1216 §4, 6-22-1994]
No pawnbroker shall accept any article or property as collateral security, or purchase any article or property without a photograph of the transaction being made, along with the receipt or pawn ticket given to such person; nor shall any pawnbroker refuse to deliver such photograph to any Law Enforcement Officer upon request in connection with a specific item of stolen property, within one (1) year following the date such photograph is taken. Every pawnbroker shall display a notice to his/her customers in a prominent place to the effect that he/she is required, by City ordinance, to photograph every person pawning or selling an item to said pawnbroker.
[R.O. 2006 §640.050; CC 1988 §19-55; Ord. No. 1216 §5, 6-22-1994]
It shall be the duty of every pawnbroker to report to the Police any article pledged with him/her, or which is sought to be pledged with him/her, if he/she shall have reason to believe that the article was stolen or lost, and found by the person attempting to pledge it, in the case of a lost article.
[R.O. 2006 §640.060; CC 1988 §19-56; Ord. No. 1216 §6, 6-22-1994]
No pawnbroker shall receive as a pledge any revolver, blackjack, or sawed-off shotgun, and no pawnbroker shall display in his/her window or shop any such weapons for sale.
[R.O. 2006 §640.070; CC 1988 §19-57; Ord. No. 1216 §7, 6-22-1994]
No pawnbroker shall have any business dealings as a pawnbroker with any unemancipated minor under the age of eighteen (18) years, except with the written consent of the parent or guardian.
[R.O. 2006 §640.080; CC 1988 §19-58; Ord. No. 1216 §8, 6-22-1994]
No person or corporation shall conduct or operate a business of pawnbroker in violation of any of the provisions of this Chapter.
[R.O. 2006 §640.090; CC 1988 §19-59; Ord. No. 1216 §9, 6-22-1994]
No person or corporation shall conduct or operate the business of pawnbroker without having first obtained a license therefor as provided in this Chapter.
[R.O. 2006 §640.100; CC 1988 §19-60; Ord. No. 1216 §10, 6-22-1994]
Application for a pawnbroker's license shall be made by the City Clerk and shall state thereon the name of the applicant; the place of business; and the number of employees intended to be engaged. The Chief of Police or any other officer of the City designated by the Board of Aldermen shall investigate each applicant for such license and shall report back to the Board of Aldermen whether or not such applicant is a person of good character. No pawnbroker's license shall be issued to a person who has been convicted of the offense of receiving stolen goods or of burglary or robbery.
[R.O. 2006 §640.110; CC 1988 §19-61; Ord. No. 1216 §11, 6-22-1994]
The applicant for a pawnbroker's license shall have agreed not to accept as collateral security or to purchase any camera, radio, television set, lawn mower, typewriter, adding machine, calculating machine, copying machine, duplicating machine, tape recorder, tape player, cash register, still or moving picture projector or offset projector, dictating machine, record player, electric buffer, electric polisher or electric floor waxer unless such item shall have plainly visible thereon the manufacturer's serial number or other identifying insignia.
[R.O. 2006 §640.120; CC 1988 §19-62; Ord. No. 1216 §12, 6-22-1994; Ord. No. 1473 §1, 12-2-1998]
The annual fee for a pawnbroker's license shall be one hundred dollars ($100.00) per annum; provided that, no license shall be issued for less than six (6) months and no license shall be issued until the fee is paid. This license shall be due on the first (1st) day of March of each year.
[R.O. 2006 §640.130; CC 1988 §19-63; Ord. No. 1216 §13, 6-22-1994]
No pawnbroker shall be allowed to have more than one (1) place for transacting the business of a pawnbroker without having first obtained a license for such place of business.
No person shall act as agent for a pawnbroker at any other place than the place of business stated in the application for a license.
[R.O. 2006 §640.140; CC 1988 §19-64; Ord. No. 1216 §14, 6-22-1994]
In the event a licensee under this Chapter shall change any of the address stated in the application during the term for which the license is issued, such licensee shall notify the License Collector of such change not later than one (1) day after such change.
[R.O. 2006 §640.150; CC 1988 §19-65; Ord. No. 1216 §15, 6-22-1994]
Any license issued under this Chapter may be revoked by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen for any violation of any provision of this Chapter.