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Twelve charged in Durham shoplifting ring

Posted February 18, 2011 12:59 p.m. EST

— 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.