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Naperville City Council members are taking a look at tightening the rules for businesses that buy and sell precious metals, gems and jewelry.

An ordinance to be scrutinized by the council Tuesday evening would require pawnbrokers and secondhand sellers of those goods to enter photo identification of sellers, as well as pictures of the goods they are pawning, into a searchable online database that eases the process of tracking stolen items.

If approved, the Pawnbroker and Secondhand Dealer Ordinance also will require the businesses to wait seven days before “selling or otherwise disposing of the jewelry, giving police time to investigate,” according to a memo from Police Chief Bob Marshall and Kristen Foley, senior assistant city attorney.

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