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Seven Roanoke stores involved in buying stolen property investigation

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According to Roanoke City Police, on June 5, 2014 at 10 a.m. seven teams of Roanoke Police Officers, along with partners from state and federal authorities, executed search warrants on seven businesses simultaneously following an approximate year long investigation.  The investigation is on-going, and has been supported by local businesses. Officers also served five men with indictments involving multiple counts of buying stolen goods. Investigators secured search warrants for the following locations and served the following men with warrants for their arrest:

Pure Station, 1102 Orange Avenue NW

Indicted: Jalal Abdulhamid Al-Rekabki, age 41, of Roanoke

Charges: 3 counts of buying stolen goods


 K&H Grocery, 1112 Melrose Avenue NW

Indicted: Thomas Hereman Jones, age 64 of Roanoke

Charges: 2 counts of buying stolen goods



 Community Grocery, 124 Elm Avenue SW

Indicted: Iyad Abdallah Alshami, age 36, of Roanoke

Charges: 3 counts of buying stolen goods



P&N Market, 404 Elm Avenue SE

Charges pending against suspect.


Triangle Mart, 2607 Cove Road

Indicted: Sufyan M. Alkhawaja, age 23, of Roanoke

Charges: 3 counts of buying stolen goods



 M&S Stop Mart, 502 8th Street NW

Indicted: Suspect has not been served with criminal papers.  Suspect believed to have left country.


Charges: 3 counts of buying stolen goods



 Toni's Grocery, 605 11th Street NW

Indicted: Ahmad Sharif Ibrahim, age 44, of Roanoke

Charges: 3 counts of buying stolen goods



 All indictments are felony counts. The evidence indicates shoplifters would steal from Roanoke area businesses and sell stolen items to individuals at these seven stores in order to obtain money to buy drugs. Investigators will now begin the process of evidence analysis. This investigation continues and we will undertake several steps over the coming months to target property crimes offenses.


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Seven Roanoke store owners will be indicted for buying stolen goods and reselling them.

The following stores involved are Pure Station located at 1102 Orange Street NW, K&H Grocery located at 1112 Melrose Avenue, Toni's Grocery located at 605 11th Street NW, Community Grocery located at 24 Elm Avenue SW, P&N Market located at 404 Elm Avenue SW, Triangle Market located at 2607 Cove Road and M&S Stop Mart located 502 8th Street NW.

This is part of a year long investigation. Investigators say a group of shoplifters stole items from stores then resold the products to the seven stores listed above. According to investigators, that money was used to buy drugs. Meanwhile, the businesses owners who bought the stolen items then resold them in their stores for a higher price.

So far, six of the owners have been served indictments. The Roanoke City Police Department will release all the suspects names once the seventh indictment is served.

WSLS 10's Rachel Lucas is following this story for us. She'll have more on this investigation tonight on WSLS at 5, 5:30, and 6.