In the their meeting Monday the Cape Girardeau City Council passed an ordinance requiring all pawn shops in the city to use a computer system to document all items sold or bought. The program is Leads Online and allows city police to trace items sold to thrift stores or pawn shops helping to eliminate the sale of stolen goods. The Police Department in September brought the idea to the council and spent 42-hundred dollars on the system saving the business owners from the expense. Interim Chief Roger Fields tells KZIM-KSIM it is a simple system to use. The new rule will take effect in 10 days. Officers have already to business owners. In Monday’s meeting the council decided to up their enforcement on underage drinking rather than pass an ordinance on the issue. The council also approved the first reading of an ordinance allowing more bars to open on Sunday. They will meet again next month.
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