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Manager of Rochester pawn shop charged with lying about stolen items

Investigators with the Monroe County Sheriff's Office working with Rochester Police say 25-year-old Vincent Flanagan is the manager of Rochester Pawn & Gold on Dewey Avenue. (Photo: MCSO)

Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) – A Hilton man was arrested in connection with items stolen from the pawn shop he managed, according to Monroe County Sheriff's deputies.

Investigators with the Monroe County Sheriff's Office working with Rochester Police say 25-year-old Vincent Flanagan is the manager of Rochester Pawn & Gold on Dewey Avenue.

Back in March, several stolen items were recovered from the store. However, a stolen tool kit that cost several hundred dollars was not recovered.

Investigators later determined Flanagan had written them a false statement, saying the item had been sold. He later turned the tool kit over to deputies.

"Sometimes they take the risk to put it up because they know it's stolen and they're trying to make money," said Monroe County Sheriff Deputy Steve Thomsen. "They know that if they get caught doing that there are consequences to those actions. They need to be following the rules and they need to be in constant contact with us."

Flanagan was charged with felony criminal possession of stolen property 4th and making a punishable false written statement.

Several stolen items were recovered from Rochester Pawn & Gold in March 2018. However, one item, a tool kit valued at under $1000.00, was not recovered. Following an investigation, it was determined Mr. Flanagan submitted a false written statement, reporting the item as sold. Flanagan later turned the tool kit over to deputies.

Flanagan was arraigned and booked in the Monroe County Jail.

Police also issued a secondhand dealer law citation to Rochester Pawn & Gold.

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