The Long Beach Police Department's Detective Division, in cooperation with City of Long Beach’s Business Licensing Division, conducted a three day undercover business license compliance operation over the course of the past two weeks.
Detectives and representatives from Business Licensing visited several businesses throughout the City of Long Beach, which are associated with either jewelry or electronics. The purpose of the inspections was to ensure the businesses were operating within the scope of their license, and not buying lost or stolen jewelry or electronics.
During the operation, an undercover detective would enter a business posing as a customer, and attempt to sell jewelry and/or electronics. Any business found in violation prompted further enforcement action.
During the course of the operation, detectives conducted 34 inspections, resulting in six (6) citations and two (2) misdemeanor arrests for business license violations, and the issuance of one warning letter. These violations were found at a total of seven (7) businesses, collectively. Based on one initial inspection, detectives served a search warrant at a business and recovered approximately 30 cell phones with altered or removed serial numbers, computers, and over $24,000 in cash.
The community should be aware that only businesses with "Secondhand Dealer" licenses have the ability to legally buy, sell or trade secondhand property, and are required to have the license posted in public view. The Long Beach Police Department will continue to enforce business licensing laws at all establishments throughout the city.
Anyone wishing to report unlawful business practices relating to the purchase and resale of stolen property should contact the Burglary Detail at (562) 570-7351. To report anonymous tips call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or text TIPLA plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES), or visit www.lacrimestoppers.org