Detectives Dave Chavka and David Cruz responded to the business to do an inspection after receiving information that Leandro Oscar Alvarez was not keeping proper records and was possibly violating the law in other ways regarding the operation of his business. Records showed Alvarez had been properly trained in the use of the R.A.P.I.D. system, a computerized record keeping system required for all second hand dealers in the county.
When the detectives conducted their inspection, they found Alvarez was not using the system. In fact, his record keeping consisted of a small envelopes containing only scanty information of his transactions. He failed to produce required records that were required by law, including identification of the person he was dealing with, dates and times of transactions, specifics of the items he was taking possession of, thumbprints of the sellers, signatures and contact information of sellers. He also did not have his scale calibrated as required by law.
Alvarez was issued a notice to appear in court for violation of second hand dealer record keeping requirements.