How JewelRecycle Helps Prevent Theft and Supports Public Safety

Unfortunately, theft is a problem that troubles most every community from time to time. And every gold buyer and pawn shop must occasionally contend with the problem firsthand when thieves attempt to sell stolen items. The sad truth? Many gold buyers and pawn shops earn their poor reputations by thriving on the purchase of stolen goods. Rather than turning away suspected thieves, they intentionally offer lower prices on items they suspect are stolen.

Not JewelRecycle.

Unlike many of our competitors, we never buy items that we have reason to believe may be stolen. On the contrary, we actively partner with local law enforcement and home invasion victims to identify and recover stolen items. In fact, over the years we’ve helped solve over a hundred home break-in cases — and returned dozens of stolen items to their rightful owners.

Not All Gold Buyers and Pawn Shops Curb Crime

The gold-buying industry is regulated to help prevent the purchase of stolen goods. In order to operate, JewelRecycle and other gold buyers must maintain a precious metals buying permit.

What does this mean?

It means we must fingerprint all of our staff and conduct background checks (and we can’t hire anyone with a felony offense on their record). In addition, we must report all of our purchases to law enforcement at the end of each day. If law enforcement discovers that any of the items we purchase are stolen, we immediately relinquish them to the authorities.

Unfortunately, despite these regulations, many gold buyers and pawn shops continue to knowingly buy stolen items at reduced rates. While the police discover and confiscate some percentage of those items, many more move through the system undetected (in the end, a large number of home property loss cases are never solved). Unscrupulous gold buyers and pawn shops make a calculated decision to purchase stolen goods knowing that they won’t get caught most of the time, meaning they earn good money on the vast majority of those deals.

JewelRecycle Takes Extra Security Measures to Prevent Theft

At JewelRecycle, we do things differently. We refuse to purchase items we suspect are stolen. In addition to following our industry’s regulations by the letter, we actively work to resolve theft cases and return stolen items to their rightful owners.

Each week, we receive multiple reports from local police departments and home theft victims. These reports feature detailed lists of stolen items, including gold and silver jewelry, diamonds, sterling silver, fine watches, and more.

Our staff is trained to be on the lookout for recently reported stolen items in case they come through our doors. If and when we encounter items that match the descriptions of stolen goods, we take extra care to make sure that what we are seeing is an exact match. Many common jewelry styles, such as plain gold wedding bands, pass through our doors each day. Unless they are very unique, they can be hard to distinguish. Just because a customer has a gold herringbone chain and a wedding band doesn’t necessarily mean they’re the same items reported missing by Joe and Sally Smith.

It helps if the list of missing items is long. In those cases, our suspicions go up quickly if a large number of the items brought in by a customer match what’s on the list. And, if we have photos of the missing items, we can check to see that the items in our store match the images precisely.

In the event that we do have good reason to believe that a customer is attempting to sell stolen items, we call the police and stall the transaction until they arrive.

As a result of these proactive protocols, we’ve helped ensure justice is served, reunited stolen items with their rightful owners, and prevented the further spread of crime. We do it because we care about the safety and well-being of our local communities and want them to thrive.

Want to learn more about our secure and transparent process? Bring your unwanted precious metal items to one of our four locations, and our highly trained staff will be glad to help you.

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JewelRecycle, LLC is a BBB Accredited Jewelry Buyer in Chapel Hill, NC
In Pursuit of Ethics

What Our Customers Say

Happy Repeat Customer--A Great Place to Call Home!
09/16/2017 by Margaret W.
A few days ago, on September 12, I stopped by for my second visit. I tend to be verbose. Now, I'm nearly speechless because, actually, how does one improve upon near perfection? I used the 'Home' metaphor because one can relax at home; it's a place of trust and comfort...that's what JewelRecycle represents to me.
Highly Recommend!!
01/28/2020 by Judi Sunshine
I brought in some heirloom and dated gold and sterling jewelry with hopes to clear at least $100 in order to use the $10 coupon I printed from the website. Imagine my utter surprise when I walked out the door with a check for over $2,400! Fred was so friendly, helpful and attentive during the process and was a pleasure to do business with...Thank you Fred—I’ll be back!
2nd time customer
01/04/2020 by Jonathan Felber
As a 2nd time customer, I have found both of my experiences at this store to be quick and easy. Fred analyzed all of my silver pieces and gave me a great price for both the sterling and silver plate. Highly recommend!
Fred was just really chill
11/04/2019 by Gabriel Banks
Fred was just really chill. I was actually able to ask questions on how all the pricing worked without him getting annoyed. I'm new to buying and selling and had never actually sold any of my silver before. He was very kind and patient. He was able to explain the whole process giving me peace in mind after selling a few ounces. If I ever would like to sell any of my precious metals, I will be going back to him for now on.
Was not disappointed
02/05/2019 by A W.
Brought in several pieces of old jewelry and silver, and was not disappointed. The lady that assisted me was very informative, explained everything as she was doing it, and was very pleasant and efficient. I feel I got a very fair price for my items and would highly recommend this business.
Jill was very helpful
08/31/2019 by Georgianna J.
Jill was very helpful, friendly, professional and knowledgeable. I highly recommend this business. It is nicely designed, comfortable, easily located.
Friendly, Knowledgeable
09/21/2019 by Joy C.
Cheryl was friendly, knowledgeable, and took time to evaluate my items and explain my options. Based on my experience today, I would recommend JewelRecycle!
Got More Than I Expected
02/07/2019 by Joel W.
Took in a bunch of dinnerware that I thought was likely junk and ended up getting way more than I expected to get. Highly recommended!

Our Locations

Saltbox Village

1259-A Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC 27511

Monday-Saturday, 10:00-6:00
Sunday, Closed


Next to Trader Joe's

Holly Park Shopping Center
3072 Wake Forest Road
Raleigh, NC 27609

Monday-Saturday, 10:00-6:00
Sunday, Closed


University Place

(Outside mall between AT&T and Aveda facing Harris Teeter)
201 S. Estes Drive. Suite 200C.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Monday-Saturday, 10:00-6:00
Sunday, Closed


The Forum

1113 Military Cutoff Rd.
Suite D
Wilmington, NC 28405

Monday-Friday, 10:00-6:00
Saturday, 10:00-2:00
Sunday, Closed

No appointments needed for generous offers!