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June 2012

Five Minutes of Fame. The Price One Dumb Criminal Paid.

By | In the News

By Seth Gold

You just never know what’s going on in your parking lot. Unless, of course, you’re us – and you’ve got cameras everywhere. News flash to dumb criminals: If you’re hoping to get away with something illegal, American Jewelry and Loan is not the place to try it.

About a month and a half ago, a guy walked into the store. He had a couple hundred dollar bills in his hand and wanted to know if they were real. He’d just sold an Xbox to a guy he’d met through Craig’s List – in our parking lot! And now he wanted to buy an iPad from us – but he had a feeling something wasn’t right.

First clue. If you think something isn’t right – it probably isn’t.

We have a pen that we run over bills that we think are counterfeit. (Doesn’t everyone have one?) And just as we suspected, the bills were fake. The poor guy got taken. Now he doesn’t have an Xbox or an iPad.

A couple days later the Secret Service came in! (They do more than protect the President.) And they told us another guy got taken in our parking lot the night before and that it was happening all over the city.

As it turned out – it was their lucky day. Not so much for the dumb criminal.

Earlier that afternoon, a guy came into the store and was talking up a storm with our producers – something about counterfeit cash. He thought he’d impress them and get his five minutes of fame. He even signed a release form and assured everyone that he’d be back to show them the cash.

We haven’t seen him since. But we’re pretty sure that’s because he’s in jail. When he signed the release form, he included his address. And we were happy to provide that to our new friends at the Secret Service.

So two things we want to share with you:

Don’t screw around in our parking lot.

Don’t sell your stuff to people you meet online. We’re not knocking Craig’s List. We’re just saying you’re better off selling your stuff to a reputable pawn shop. You may not always get exactly the price you had in mind – but we can guarantee, if you come to American Jewelry  and Loan – the cash will be real.

Oh and one last thing. To the dumb criminals that are reading this – five minutes of fame could get you five to ten in the slammer.  Just sayin’.

Here’s more on Detroit’s dumbest criminal.


It Was A Hardcore Week In Sports Here At American Jewelry and Loan!

By | In the News

By Seth Gold


So the other day, when Felix told me Krzysztof Oliwa was in the store, I was sure we were in for a fight. And not just the kind you see every Tuesday night on Hardcore Pawn. If you follow hockey, you know Oliwa! And so does our buddy Darren McCarty. Back in the day, when Oliwa played with the New Jersey Devils and McCarty was with the Red Wings, the two of them were arch rivals. And now, here was Oliwa at American Jewelry and Loan — asking for Darren.

I wasn’t sure if we needed to gather the entire security team or get out the popcorn and just watch the rematch!

But as it turns out, Oliwa was in town to have some tests done. The guy took it to the head a lot during his time on the ice. With ten concussions, he needs to get checked out. And really, he just wanted to see how Darren was doing. Or so he says!

Darren hadn’t made it in yet, so I hung out with Oliwa. I tried to convince him to join our security team. That didn’t work. And then I tried to get him to sell us his NHL championship ring — that didn’t work either. You don’t really want to get into a bidding war with the guy who has the most penalty minutes in the NHL!

It’s a big week in sports here at American Jewelry and Loan! Not long ago, when the San Diego Chargers played the Detroit Lions, their coaches came in. They had such a good time, they sent me a helmet signed by one of the leading tight ends in the National Football League, Antonio Gates! As you know, I dig my helmets. I’ve got a dozen sitting right behind my desk – with the University of Michigan taking the prime spot, of course. (If anyone wants to send me an Ohio State helmet, I could use it for target practice.)

So it was pretty cool this week when I heard Antonio was out front asking for me. He lives here in Detroit during the off season and he’s a big Hardcore Pawn fan. Now, if we could only get him to come play for the Lions!

Speaking of signed stuff, this is Hardcore! Last May, two women came in and said they were big fans of the show. One of them mentioned she was engaged to Phil Coke, a pitcher for the Detroit Tigers. So I signed shirts for them and one for Phil. On Phil’s I wrote, “To Phil, Keep It Hardcore!”  As the women left, they said they were going to come back with one of his. Well, this week they kept that promise — only they brought Phil too! You can see his jersey below – take note of the signature.

“To Seth, Keep It Hardcore!”

We will, Phil, we will!


I got Oliwa's ring! (Well, for a minute.)


Recruiting Oliwa to join our security team!


Ready to hit the ice! (Now that I've borrowed Oliwa's ring!)


First I got a San Diego Chargers helmet. And last week, I got a San Diego Charger! Antonio Gates drops by American Jewelry and Loan!


Detroit Tigers pitcher Phil Coke hit a home run at American Jewelry and Loan!


Hardcore Detroit Tigers jersey!