Authorities warn of unlicensed dealers

LEWISTOWN – A press release issued by Mifflin County Sheriff Chris Shade and District Attorney Dave Molek encourages area residents to use licensed precious metal dealers when selling items composed of gold, silver or platinum, not only to ensure an open transaction, but also to help track stolen items.

According to the report, licensed dealers use certified scales and post purchase prices publicly. They also must meet reporting requirements, which aids law enforcement in finding stolen or missing items. The precious metals reports are required to be submitted to local police and Molek’s office by the end of the business day after the purchase.

There are currently four licensed precious metal dealers in Mifflin County:

Foss Jewelers, 129 S. Main St., Lewistown – License expires on Aug. 6.

Four Star Coins, 309 S. Logan Blvd., Burnham – License expires on April 1, 2015

Wilson’s Gifts and Jewelry, 13 E. Market St., Lewistown – License expires on April 1, 2015

Rodger’s Jewelry, 7 Valley St., Lewistown – License expires on April 3, 2015

Out-of-town buyers wanting to do business in Mifflin County are required to obtain a license from Shade’s office, which is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, at the Mifflin County Courthouse in Lewistown.