Quick Cash pawn shop owners siblings found guity
An Ocean County jury finds 46 year old Michael Bucca of Beachwood and 39 year old Malissa Bucca of Nutley guilty on two counts of receiving stolen property and dealing in stolen property Thursday.
A sentencing scheduled tentatively for August 26th Michael and Malissa face up to a maximum five years in state prison if found guilty.
Both Bucca siblings are apart of the family owned quick cash pawnshop which has locations in both Toms River and Berkeley Township, and charges against them trace back to early 2015 when they accepted stolen legos, food processors, and coffee makers.
They were both arrested on February 5, 2015 following an investigation which was called to action from an alert by the Ocean County Prosecutor's regional automated property information database system.
Officials say this system is an internet based data system which all pawnshops in ocean county are mandated to report any incoming merchandise purchases.
According to the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office this is the only county in the state to have an all-inclusive county wide system, and this arrest was the first successful one and prosecution in the internet data base system.
"This system is a robbery or burglary victim's best chance at finding justice and recovering their stolen property," said prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato. "It shuts down Ocean County as a place where thieves can anonymously profit from their ill-gotten merchandise."