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Florida rental dealers continue Economic Crime Council meetings

The Florida Rental Dealers Association's Economic Crime Council of the Fourth Judicial Circuit met in Jacksonville on April 12 for its sixth monthly meeting. The Economic Crime Council was formed in order to discuss current problems and share intelligence relative to the prevention and/or reduction of theft of rental merchandise in Duval and Clay Counties.

"Attendance [at these monthly meetings] is steadily improving," says FRDA President Terry Beville of Buddy's Home Furnishings. Stores represented at the April 12 meeting included Buddy's Home Furnishings, Z-Best Rentals, Rent King, Rent Rite, RentWay and Zoom Rent-To-Own.

The guest speaker was Detective Rick Herron, the pawn detail detective for Duval County. Herron stated that pawn detail can't be checked without first filing a complaint with law enforcement and was very understanding of the need for the RTO industry to be able to check for merchandise in pawn. However, the policy of the police department is that a complaint must be filed. Herron suggested further meetings with Lt. Koffman of Duval County and Larry Pritchard, legal advisory for the pawn detail department. Mike Mortis of Z-Best Rentals will attempt to set up meeting with Koffman and Pritchard with the hopes of changing the current policy so that RTO stores do not have to file complaints with law enforcement in order to have their merchandise checked with pawn detail.