Roanoke Police Launch Anti-Shoplifting and Buying Stolen Property Initiative
Roanoke, VA - Roanoke Police Officers, along with partners from state and federal authorities, executed search warrants Thursday on seven businesses following a year long investigation.
According to authorities, shoplifters would steal from Roanoke area businesses and sell stolen items to individuals at these seven stores in order to get money to buy drugs.
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
In 2013, Roanoke Police investigated 1,169 incidents of shoplifting. According to police, the cost of shoplifting can directly impact prices on merchandise and that has an impact on the community..
A large scale initiative is underway to focus on the reduction of shoplifting offenses in Roanoke.