The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has arrested the owner of Commodity Exchange, 1918 Bay Road, Sarasota, after learning he was buying stolen goods and violating state laws and county ordinances that regulate second hand dealers.
While investigating recent residential burglaries detectives learned that multiple suspects were fencing stolen jewelry through Richard Dombro. Detectives were told Dombro didn’t ask for ID or record of the transactions. They also confirmed that Dombro was not photographing or holding items for 30 days as required for second hand dealers. Dombro also paid cash for items valued at more than $100, which is also prohibited. After discovering the alleged violations, undercover detectives conducted two separate operations during which Dombro purchased jewelry and violated the laws.
Dombro. DOB 12/12/27, 3225 Pinecrest Street, #615, is charged with one felony count of Dealing in Stolen Property, and two counts each for a Second Hand Dealer Transaction Form Violation, Not Keeping Required Transaction Records, and a Second Hand Dealer Method of Payment Violation, all misdemeanors.
Dombro surrendered his second hand dealer license at the time of his arrest. He has prior arrests for falsifying dealer purchase records, grand theft and exploitation of the elderly.