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Charleston pawn shop calls cops on customer

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Officers arrested Brittany Milam Tuesday Officers arrested Brittany Milam Tuesday
CHARLESTON, West Virginia - It's a pawn shop that Charleston police have visited before.

"It's the quickest, fastest way to get caught,” said owner of Cash for Gold on Charleston’s West Side, Gary Taylor. He was referring to criminals who attempt to sell or pawn stolen goods to pawn shops.

Charleston police officers said it all began when 27-year-old Brittany Milam went to McDonald’s along Patrick Street.  They said that’s where she stole a purse. Milam took that stolen property from McDonald's to the pawn shop right across the street, a block away, to sell it.

That's when employees called authorities. Taylor said, "We sent them away.  As soon as they walked out the door, the cops were here."

Officers said they found needles and drugs on her.  Taylor said processing stolen goods is more than just a hassle.  

"Whenever we take something in that's stolen, we're out the money that we spent for it, and I have to fill out a bunch of paperwork."

And selling to someone who has been drinking or doing drugs, that's against the law.  "We know what to look for.  Sometimes you can just tell,” he said.

Cash for Gold was shut down in the past for receiving stolen property, according to Charleston police. But since then, this owner said he's not putting up with it. 

Milam is charged with stealing a purse from that McDonalds.  Police also said she had at least six other outstanding warrants..