BIDDEFORD, Maine — A Dayton man was summoned Thursday for intentionally negating his lawful responsibility to require positive identification from individuals selling merchandise to his Biddeford pawn shop, according to police.
York County sheriff’s deputies and the Biddeford Police Department joined forces in discovering that Daniel Sylvester, 23, owner of Biddeford Pawn and Loan, was not properly identifying individuals and failing to lawfully record sales of used merchandise on several occasions in order to avoid law enforcement detection, police said.
According to a release distributed by York County Sheriff’s Department Maj. William King, a significant increase in residential burglaries in Biddeford and surrounding communities spawned investigators to pool resources and determine where the stolen goods were being sold. Detectives from each agency shared information which led to identifying Biddeford Pawn and Loan as a location burglary suspects allegedly used to sell stolen property knowing that proper reporting requirements were not being met.
Sylvester’s court date is Dec. 14, and the investigation is ongoing.