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SARASOTA, FL. – A Sarasota pawnbroker’s license is being revoked following an investigation by the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office.

Jim Smith, owner of Jim’s Pawn, 6526 B, South Tamiami Trail was notified by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Smith was the central figure in Operation Recommit, an investigation that resulted in the arrest of six members of an organized crime ring. Smith knowingly bought stolen property through his pawn shop and directed crime ring members to bring products to him by giving them itemized lists.

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