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      Task force created to crack down on pawn shop robberies

      Several pawn shops across the Rio Grande Valley have been victims of recent robberies over the past few months.

      But one police department is now creating awareness and helping put a stop to this growing crime.

      San Juan police are hoping a new pawn shop robbery taskforce will be their answer in reducing the number of robberies seen throughout the Valley.

      Chief Juan Gonzalez said police are partnering up with not only other law enforcement agencies but also the Cash America Pawn Shop chain.

      Their first goal is educate employees on the on how to respond during a robbery.

      But police are also providing pawn shops with recommendations on video surveillance equipment that might help police better identify the suspects.

      Chief Gonzalez said they will be providing training to 17 pawn shops across the valley.

      One of the latest robberies was at a Cash America Pawn Shop in San Juan.

      Chief Gonzalez said they've been following up on leads, but are still searching for the two men who allegedly held up the store stealing jewelry and cash.

      Anyone with information about their whereabouts you can call San Juan Crime Stoppers at (956) 283-TIPS.