BIDDEFORD — The owner of a Biddeford pawn shop has been summonsed by police for failing to identify customers and to lawfully record sales of merchandise, a ploy police say he used to avoid detection for allegedly receiving stolen goods.

Major William L. King Jr., spokesman for the York County Sheriff’s Department, said 23-year-old Daniel Sylvester of Dayton was summonsed this week to appear in Biddeford District Court Dec. 14 for failure to maintain proper records, a Class E misdemeanor.

King said a significant increase in residential burglaries in Biddeford, Arundel, Lyman and Dayton led police investigators to Sylvester’s business – Biddeford Pawn and Loan, 193 Main St.

Deputies from the Sheriff’s Department and the Biddeford Police Department discovered that Sylvester was not properly identifying individuals or recording sales of merchandise that included jewelry.

King said police allege that Biddeford Pawn and Loan was known to burglars as a location where they could sell stolen property. Additional criminal charges are expected to be filed against Sylvester.