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State Sen. Pushes Legislation Aimed At Curbing Burglaries

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(CBS) — Republican Senator Kirk Dillard is pushing legislation he says might help curb break-ins that are occurring throughout the Western suburbs, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

The problem, says Dillard, is that burglary rings are breaking into homes and stealing gold and silver that can be melted down and sold to so-called “Cash for Gold” places. But—he says—these stores are not required to check identification or keep records of who sold them the precious metals. So he’s proposing legislation.

“We’re going to set up a task force working with coin dealers and the folks that own these places to try to set up a system where at least the police, like pawn shops, would be able to try to go back and figure out and have a trail as you who burglarized your most sacred place which is your own personal home,” said Dillard.

Dillard says he first proposed restrictions a year ago when a constituent who’d been burglarized discovered Cash for Gold places don’t have to keep records or require Identification. Dillard’s own home has been burglarized since then. He wants a task force to design tighter laws for such places.

Pawn Shops are required to keep records.