Stolen items worth $15,000 found inside Marietta pawn shop, cops say

Police say the owner of Pawn World and his employee allegedly ran a fencing operation that sold stolen goods at their business. Credit: Marietta Police Department

Credit: Marietta Police Department

Credit: Marietta Police Department

Two men are charged in connection with an alleged fencing operation to sell stolen goods at a Marietta pawn shop, police said.

Pawn World owner Gordon Shane Blanton, 47, of Marietta and his employee, Michael Dituri, 64, of Roswell, were arrested Tuesday on charges of theft by receiving, theft by conversion and theft retail fencing following a six-month undercover operation, Marietta police said.

The department began investigating the business at 955 Roswell Street after receiving tips that the shop might be “working with criminals to buy and sell stolen property,” Marietta police said.

Detectives investigated the shop for several months and were able to confirm that stolen goods were being resold to customers, the department said. The city of Marietta requires all pawn shops to document sellers of any items they purchase and log them into an online database.

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Stolen items found inside Pawn World include power tools, sporting goods and electronics. Credit: Marietta Police Department

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A search warrant executed Tuesday led to investigators finding several items that were still enclosed in their original packaging. Detectives called retailers who originally sold those products and confirmed the items had been stolen from their stores.

Marietta police spokesman Chuck McPhilamy said some of the stores include Target, Cabela’s and Home Depot. Police have identified and recovered more than 150 items, including sporting goods, electronics and power tools whose values exceed $15,000.

“It was alarming to see how many of them were still brand new in their original packaging,” McPhilamy said of the items.

Stolen items found inside Pawn World include power tools, sporting goods and electronics. Credit: Marietta Police Department

Credit: Marietta Police Department

Credit: Marietta Police Department

Marietta police say the investigation into the case continues. Both men were booked into the Cobb County Adult Detention Center and have since bonded out of jail.