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Twelve charged in Durham shoplifting ring

Posted February 18, 2011

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— Police said Friday that they have arrested 12 people in connection with a ring that sold stolen goods through Durham convenience stores.

Durham police worked with North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement agents and loss prevention officers from Food Lion and other retailers on a three-month undercover operation. Investigators found that items like razors, beauty products, cigarettes and over-the-counter medicines were being shoplifted from retail stores and then re-sold at various convenience stores.

Officers served search warrants at the following stores this week: Star Carolina Food Mart, 204 N. Hardee St.; Durham Mini Mart, 1933 Holloway St.; Tobacco Town II, 1000 N. Miami Blvd.; Big Apple Mini Mart, 1505 Holloway St.; Los Primos, 1109 E. Main St.; and Creedmoor Mini Mart, 3122 Bruce Garner Road in Creedmoor.

Officers confiscated seven guns, including five from Los Primos, two vehicles, about $5,000 in stolen goods, about $61,000 in cash and several pieces of clothing with counterfeit trademarks.

As a result of the investigation, Los Primos, Star Carolina Mini Mart and Big Apple forfeited their Alcoholic Beverage Control permits.

The following people were charged in the case:

  • Hisham Daher, three counts of organized retail theft
  • Lynn Greenawalt, two counts of organized retail theft and one count of permitting unlawful activities on an ABC-licensed premise
  • Mohamed Nasser Ali, one count each of organized retail theft and permitting unlawful activities on an ABC-licensed premise
  • Juan Salcedo, one count each of organized retail theft and permitting unlawful activities on an ABC-licensed premise
  • Rafael De La Cruz, two counts of organized retail theft and one count each of permitting unlawful activities on an ABC-licensed premise and possession of counterfeit trademark items
  • Crystal Abuamra, one count of organized retail theft; Abdul Algeradi, one count of felony conspiracy
  • Mohamed Mosleh, two felony counts of receiving stolen goods, two counts of felony conspiracy, three misdemeanor counts of receiving stolen goods, three counts of misdemeanor conspiracy and one count of permitting unlawful activities on an ABC-licensed premise
  • Ali Mohamad Obad Alyakdani, one count each of possession of alcohol for sale without an ABC permit and permitting unlawful activities on an ABC-licensed premise
  • Abdo Hafeed, one count each of possession of alcohol for sale without an ABC permit and permitting unlawful activities on an ABC-licensed premise
  • Mohamed Hussein Mohamed, one count each of possession of alcohol for sale without an ABC permit and permitting unlawful activities on an ABC-licensed premise
  • Abdelhakeem Aljumai, one count each of possession of alcohol for sale without an ABC permit and permitting unlawful activities on an ABC-licensed premise.

More charges are expected in the case, police said.

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  • rabbit1950 Feb 18, 2011

    how many of these guys are fraudulent.....Paying thousands of dollars to some gold digger female to get married and never ever living with them for the express purpose of not being deported since their visa had run out? Scamming NC and the Federal govt and breaking every law they think they can get away with.....to milk us of as much money as they can...the ones I know have no intention of paying any tax or being honest.
    I imagine there will be some of these that will be linked to interstate transportation and sale of nc cigarettes being run to ny and nj....these boys have it going on!

  • ncsuecu Feb 18, 2011

    How many are US Citizens? Don't spend out tax dollars in our courts, deport all that are not. Are any on US Tax Entitlement Programs...stop the entitlements immediately! Charge them for all the cost of picking these dudes up!

  • itom68 Feb 18, 2011

    busted!

    ahha openmind!

  • davidbh61255 Feb 18, 2011

    I think the chick rolled on the brothers!!

  • quiturwhining Feb 18, 2011

    pearson, you want a review of all the lies that W fed to the nation? He also said we had secure borders, not mention we found WMD's, mission accomplished ... and I stopped drinking alcohol.

    I'm still amazed at people like DAVID--unless you're a member of an indigenous tribe of this part of the world, YOU'RE here because some "alien" before you came here. You're so confused. Diversity isn't PC, it simply IS the state of the planet.

  • OpenM1nd Feb 18, 2011

    What do razors, beauty products, and cigarettes have to do with ABC? It seems like an inappropriate action. Just arrest (or possibly deport?) this list of hooligans that reads like an Al Quida class reunion roster.

  • Go Figure Feb 18, 2011

    Wonder if any of them are LEGAL.

  • pearson303liveaboard Feb 18, 2011

    Now what should and hopefully is happening is the FBI will follow the money received at these stores. I would wager it ends up in California then China and eventually the mid east. IE: Hamas. Seen it before. This has been happening for years. And Napolitano says we have secure borders. The O admin feeds lies to the media and the media buys it. Then the American public buys it hook line and sinker.

  • diamondintherough Feb 18, 2011

    Arms crossed, head turning side to side.
    This is all I can do right now!
    I will leave the rest to GOD!

  • twnluv Feb 18, 2011

    How can he NOT have an ABC permit on an ABC-licensed premises?!? Just trying to get more charges so he can pleae out. Courts are about the money, NOT justice. twnluv

    I'll do your thinking for you. He was on a premises that was licensed and he was trying toi sell his flavor. there was that too difficult for you to figure out. from now on, you will have to try to do your own thinking. Okay, are we clear

    The word "Permitting" means he was allowing it to go on. Leading one to believe he was the owner of the store in which the unlawful activities were happening.

    Now, would someone with a REAL brain please explain how that happens?

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