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      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 NWIndicted: Jalal Abdulhamid Al-Rekabki, age 41, of RoanokeCharges: 3 counts of buying stolen goodsK&H Grocery, 1112 Melrose Avenue NWIndicted: Thomas Hereman Jones, age 64 of RoanokeCharges: 2 counts of buying stolen goodsCommunity Grocery, 124 Elm Avenue SWIndicted: Iyad Abdallah Alshami, age 36, of RoanokeCharges: 3 counts of buying stolen goodsP&N Market, 404 Elm Avenue SECharges pending against suspect.Triangle Mart, 2607 Cove RoadIndicted: Sufyan M. Alkhawaja, age 23, of RoanokeCharges: 3 counts of buying stolen goodsM&S Stop Mart, 502 8th Street NWIndicted: Suspect has not been served with criminal papers.{} Suspect believed to have left country.Charges: 3 counts of buying stolen goodsToni's Grocery, 605 11th Street NWIndicted: Ahmad Sharif Ibrahim, age 44, of RoanokeCharges: 3 counts of buying stolen goodsIn 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.{}