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If a resident who rents a room, steals or takes personal

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If a resident who rents a room, steals or takes personal property off-site and "pawns" the item, is that a felony? Under what cases could the pawn shop not file charges?
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Customer: Georgia
JA: Has anything been filed or reported?
Customer: Stolen item reported, most likely to appear at a pawn shop
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: Is it an additional crime, for the perpetrator to threaten the victim with a separate lawsuit, if the crime is filed and charged?
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  Ely replied 11 months ago.

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If the personal belongings were worth $500.00 or less, the crime is a misdemeanor in Georgia, under § 16-8-12.

If the personal belongings were worth more than $500.00, then this would be a felony under § 17-10-5.

It is not an additional crime for the perpetrator to threaten the victim with a civil lawsuit. However, it is a crime to threaten the victim with violence for filing the complaint.

Normally, either the pawn shop or the owner would file the complaint. Pawn shops normally file a complaint if they receive stolen goods because they are out of money when that happens since the stolen items have to be returned. But really, it does not matter who files it - owner or pawn shop - the police would investigate.

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