An Oil City man who once owned a secondhand shop in the city’s East End entered a guilty plea last week to a single charge, and was sentenced to six months probation, in a case involving licensing and improper sales, and in a plea bargain in which numerous other charges were dismissed.
45 year-old Robert Piercy had, until last summer, run a business on East Second Street at which he purchased and resold used merchandise. Piercy had originally been accused of operating without a retail license, buying and selling firearms without a license, and failing to obtain certification for scales used at his business. He had, at one time, also been charged with the corruption of minors for allegedly purchasing gold and jewelry from juveniles. Investigators claimed some of the youths were as young as eleven.
Piercy had already had his business license pulled by Oil City Council, but the shop was reopened under a new owner and under an agreement that Piercy could work there.
Piercy’s guilty plea in the case was entered in connection with the charge involving his store’s scales.