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Williston pawnbroker arrested

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A Williston pawnbroker was charged last week with dealing in stolen property after an investigation into a residential burglary led back to his place of business.

Daniel Thomas Moll, 54, of Chiefland was arrested last week following a three-week investigation.

According to Williston Police Chief Dennis Strow, the case began May 12 when his officers were called to NE 3rd Avenue regarding a burglary.

Throughout the course of the investigation, officers were able to develop a suspect, Brandson Ausherman, 21, of Williston. 

The investigating officer went to Triangle Pawn Shop located at 31 N. Main St.,  Williston. When asked if Ausherman had conducted any pawn activity, the pawn broker said no transactions had taken place.

When Ausherman was located and interviewed, he confessed–not only to the burglary–but to pawning the stolen items at the pawn shop.

The detective returned to the pawn shop where the pawnbroker gave the stolen items to the detective and confessed that he bought the stolen items without completing the paperwork that is required by Florida law pertaining to pawn shop operations.

The pawn broker was arrested and is free after posting a $5,000 bond while waiting for a future court date to answer the charge.

The Florida Department of Agriculture regulates pawn shops in Florida and is also reviewing this case to determine if any regulatory violations have occurred. 

Ausherman was charged with burglary and grand theft.