Brighton, N.Y. – The owner and a store manager of a Brighton pawn shop have been charged following a raid by Monroe County Sheriff’s deputies and the Rochester Police Department.
Deputies say the raid was conducted at Mr. Deals on W. Henrietta Road around 1:30 p.m. Monday. They say between $200,000-$300,000 worth of stolen property, new and boxed, was confiscated from the building. Among the items reportedly recovered were tools, medications and electronics.
Store owner Marcus Luciano, 29, has been charged with attempted possession of stolen property in the third degree, two counts of attempted possession of stolen property in the fourth degree and two counts of falsifying business records in the first degree. Store manager John Lombardo, 22, has been charged with three counts of attempted stolen property in the fourth degree, attempted stolen property in the third degree and three counts of falsifying records in the first degree. Both have also been charged with Second Hand Dealer and Monroe County Pawn Broker infractions.
Deputies say the suspects were not known to investigators prior to Tuesday's arrests, and that they have had no previous issues with this particular pawn shop.
The Sheriff’s Office says the Rochester Police Department and The Home Depot assisted in the investigation.
In a statement, Monroe County Sheriff Todd Baxter said, “Today’s arrest sends a strong message that law enforcement officers will not tolerate the malicious acts of theft from retail locations and/or trafficking of stolen property. These acts often enable victims of the current opioid epidemic facing our community and nation.”
"A lot of these people that are bringing in the stolen property from the local stores are addicts who are just trying to get their next fix," said Sgt. John Watson of the Monroe County Sheriff's Office.
The defendants were arraigned Tuesday night and remanded to the Monroe County jail on $2,500 cash bail/$5,000 bond.
Watson said investigators are still taking inventory of what was seized, and additional charges could be pending. He says he hopes other local pawn shops take note of Tuesday's arrests.
"Hopefully, this does send a message, we do take these investigations seriously," he said. "And if they're not on the up-and-up, then we will be knocking on their door, too."