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Man Charged in Darien After Buying Stolen Gold

DARIEN, Conn. – Amir Janati, 55, an Easton resident, was arrested in Darien on July 5 after allegedly purchasing stolen gold and not following proper procedures for buying gold.

A permit is required to sell gold, and a buyer must ask the seller for identification, provide a receipt and cannot pay for the gold in cash.

Police received a tip that someone had sold Janati the proceeds of a residential burglary in Darien. According to the tip, Janati never asked for any identification. Police also found that Janati had received a license to sell gold, but it had expired in 2010.

An undercover officer went into Shiraz Rug and Tapestries, where Janati works, and offered to sell him a gold wedding band. Janati asked for ID, but the officer told him he had left it at home. Janati still gave the officer $48 in cash and did not provide a receipt.

A warrant was issued for Janati's arrest. After police contacted him, he turned himself in. He was charged with purchasing gold without a permit, purchasing gold without asking for identification, purchasing gold with cash and failure to provide a receipt when purchasing gold. He was released on a promise to appear in court July 15.

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