A Fayetteville woman says she had to pay a local pawn shop for items that were stolen from her by a burglary suspect who sold them to the store.
Gale Hancock’s weed-eater and lawn edger were taken from her garage June 16. A week later, Fayetteville police arrested Ryan Langley on suspicion of felony residential burglary after searching through pawn records. He was released Thursday from the Washington County Detention Center without bond, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.
Before Langley’s arrest, police said he sold the items to a local pawn shop. Hancock, 61, went to retrieve her stolen items from Big Brother’s Pawn on Friday. She said she had to pay $140 for the pawn shop to release her items to her. That is the same price the pawn shop paid to the suspect, Hancock said.
Hancock said she was given a receipt and told she could demand authorities compel the suspect to pay restitution if Langley is convicted in the case. She could have left her items at the pawn shop while waiting for the suspect’s case to end. Such a situation could take a year or more to be resolved, so Hancock decided to buy her items back instead of waiting, she said.
Hancock said she is unhappy about having to pay for her stolen lawn equipment, but is pleased with how quickly Fayetteville police worked the burglary case and made an arrest.
Langley’s arraignment is scheduled for July 25, according to the Sheriff’s Office.