If you're planning on selling at a Council Bluffs pawn shop, get ready to have your picture taken, too.
The City Council on Monday evening approved a change to an ordinance that will require pawn shops to take photos of all individuals selling items to the shops.
Previously, the ordinance had required photos only for those from out of state coming to a local shop to sell something.
A police official described the new ordinance as an added tool to help investigate stolen merchandise.
“Photographs give us something to work with,” Detective Ron Branigan said.
There are local people who knowingly, or maybe unknowingly, sell stolen merchandise to pawn shops, he said. And there's no guarantee that the person showing an ID without any photo hasn't falsified the identity, he added.
The pawn shop owners he's talked to have no issue with the ordinance, Branigan said.
“It's something they already have in place,” he said.
The ordinance would also apply to so-called secondhand dealers when it came to someone coming into a dealer's store to sell items. This would not apply if dealers purchase items off-site.