FORSYTH, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - Forsyth City Council voted on a new set of guidelines that will place tighter regulation on the buying and selling of precious metals and gems.
Under the new ordinance, a $425 regulatory fee has to be paid by dealers every year. Items purchased will have to be held onto for at least 14 days before they're sold or melted down. The dealer will be required to document transactions in detail including information about the seller and the items. The Forsyth Police Department will have full access to the records.
"We want to treat them kind of like a pawn shop where they're able to hold onto what they buy for a little while that way if we have a victim who had gold or precious stones stolen, we can compare our records with their records to see if we can solve the crime," says Forsyth Police Chief Keith Corley.
Chief Corley says the Monroe County Sheriff's Office is also working to get a similar set of rules and regulations in place.
The Monroe County Commissioners first looked at an ordinance back in mid January. They still haven't voted on any guidelines for the county.