Four employees from two different pawn shops in Campbell River face charges following an RCMP undercover investigation that began last December.
Campbell River RCMP says officers focussed on the practices of local second-hand stores, which led to the arrests of the employees last Thursday, July 11.
Police says all staff involved face a similar charge of attempting to possess stolen property and will be in court August 26 in Campbell River.
The stores and names of the accused are not being released at this time as charges have not been sworn.
“Purchasing these stolen goods supports the ongoing thefts in our community,” Campbell River RCMP Cst. Maury Tyre said in a statement.
“Finding out that this purchasing may have been conducted by legitimate businesses in the community is quite disappointing.”
RCMP is reminding resident that knowingly possessing stolen goods or purchasing stolen goods is a crime.