NPA Weekly NewsBrief
Sep. 15, 2015

Houston pawnshop owner celebrate big milestones
A longtime business owner in Houston's Third Ward is celebrating a couple of impressive milestones. Bernard Wolf's business Wolf's Pawn turned 60 years old, and the business owner himself is celebrating his 90th birthday. In that time, both business and owner have witnessed a lot of changes.More

GIA to start making lab-grown diamonds
Jeweller Magazine
The GIA will begin producing synthetic diamonds next year in order to gain a greater understanding of the properties of such stones and improve identification capabilities. Gemological Institute of America (GIA) executive vice president and chief laboratory and research officer Tom Moses announced the development during International Diamond Week.More

Former pawnshop employee faces 16 felony charges
A former Lafayette, Indiana, pawnshop employee faces 16 felony charges after prosecutors say she stole more than $56,000 of jewelry from her employer so it could be pawned elsewhere. According to court documents, 32-year-old Brooke Egelhoff took the items from RamZ’s Emporium over a four-year period before she was discovered last fall.More

Chicago suburb to discuss cash-for-gold shop ban
Chicago Tribune
A group of citizens is seeking to ban cash-for-gold and cash-for-gift-card shops along Oak Park, Illinois' borders, calling the shops a "negative use" that discourages others from opening businesses nearby.More

Several firearms stolen from Pine Bluff, Arkansas, pawnshop
The Pine Bluff Police Department in Arkansas is asking for help identifying suspects from an August burglary. Police released security camera footage showing several suspects with their faces hidden by clothing.More

Renewed calls for gun control laws spur sales
USA Today
Renewed calls for more restrictive gun laws, following a succession of fatal shootings in the United States, immediately appear to be generating a boost for the gun industry. Newly released August records show that the FBI posted 1.7 million background checks required of gun purchasers at federally licensed dealers, the highest number recorded in any August since gun checks began in 1998. More

Man arrested in string of pawnshop thefts
A man who was wanted in connection to a string of pawnshop thefts in San Antonio has been arrested. San Antonio police arrested Michael Norman Deshon. Police said about a month ago that they noticed an increase in crimes targeting pawnshops.More

Luxury items line shelves in Calgary, Canada, pawnshops as recession deepens
CBC via The Huffington Post Canada
What a difference a year makes. Some of the newly rich and long time wealthy in Calgary, Canada's once hot economy are now looking for fast cash because of the economic downturn. And they're turning to pawnshops. "Right now we have one, two...10 Rolexes for sale, two Panerais, a few Tag Heuers," says John Sanford, one of the owners of Rocky Mountain Pawn, as he counts the luxury watches in a glass case.More

Diamonds and 5 other luxuries that are getting cheaper
CNN Money
After years of belt-tightening, Americans may finally be getting back in the mood to live a little: Consumer sentiment, despite the stock market’s recent hiccup, is back to levels not seen since 2007.More