Florida courts have ruled that law enforcement may not recover stolen property from pawn shops and return it to a victim of a crime without providing the broker the opportunity for a hearing.
If you are a victim of a theft and your property has been located in a pawnshop, you may decide to purchase it back or obtain a court order to recover the property.
In order to obtain a court order, you will need to file a petition for return of the property with the Sarasota County Clerk of Court. It is recommended that you seek legal assistance to file the petition.
The Florida Panwbroking Act states:
To obtain your crime report, contact the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office Records Section:
2071 Ringling Blvd.
Sarasota, FL 34237
Monday-Friday 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Steps to Obtain Possession or Pledged Goods Held by a Pawnbroker:
Per F.S.S 539.001(15)(a), the court shall waive any filing fee for the petition and the Sheriff shall waive the service fee.
Sarasota County Clerk of Court
Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
2000 Main Street, Sarasota, FL
4000 S. Tamiami Trail, Venice, FL
For more information contact the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Property Recovery Unit, 941.861.4900.
This material is for general information only and shall not be construed as legal advice or counsel.