There is no Ohio law that requires a victim to pay a pawnbroker for the return of his allegedly stolen goods. Anyone who wishes to exert his claim to the property can request a civil hearing (replevin) and get his property back, at no-charge. He may even be awarded costs. In cases where a person foregoes any legal proceeding and offers to simply reimburse the pawnbroker directly, that person is doing nothing more than voluntarily "settling out of court.." (Richard Keck, Chief Examiner, Ohio Dept. of Commerce, as quoted in the Vindicator, March 5, 2003).
September 20, 2013 at 11:39 a.m.