A senior manager of a popular pawnshop told the court today in the Uchence Wilson gang trial that prior to 2017 receipts were not required when transactions were being conducted.
Two employees of the entity are on trial along with 21 other accused members of the gang. They’re Ricardo Sirju and Jermaine Stewart.
During cross-examination by Jacqueline Cummings, the senior manager says the receipt policy was implemented after she joined the company. Ms Cummings is representing Sirju.
The witness says she also implemented the policy that in the absence of a receipt, a letter from a Justice of the Peace would be required. She says the serial and model numbers along with the period of time the JP would’ve known the customer would be necessary.
Before the policy, the employees would use probing questions to establish that the customer was the owner of the item. The first witness had told the court he brought stolen items to the pawn shop. He told the court the two accused employees knew the items were stolen.
Documents have been identified in court which says several items were taken to the company by accused members of the gang between 2016 and 2017.
The senior manager says if an employee suspects an item is stolen it must be reported to the General Manager. She says the employees aren’t allowed to conduct the transactions. She says customers who attempt to pawn stolen items would be placed on the company’s blacklist.
The witness says the number of times a customer pawns an item in a short period of time is also a red flag.
She says they’d question why the customer is in dire need of money all the time. The Prosecution’s first witness says they went to a particular branch of the pawn shop very often to pawn stolen items including electronics and jewelry.
The witness says Sirju was responsible for auditing a number of their stores. She told the court she was surprised at his arrest.
The witness described the accused as a valuable employee.
The matter will now be on break until April 25.