Huntsville Police have busted four local convenience stores they say have been buying stolen goods.
In a sting staged Tuesday evening, police shut down the 'All In 1' convenience store at the corner of Pulaski Pike and Oakwood Avenue, and three other stores on University Drive, including Bama Groceries.
Kroger and Publix stores worked with HPD on the operation after losing hundreds of thousands of dollars in merchandise.
The convenience stores bought items like cigarettes, alcohol, food and baby formula.
"We took what they thought were stolen goods and sold them numerous times to these locations," said Sergeant Mark Roberts.
Police hope to conclude the arrests within two weeks. On Tuesday evening they arrested the following people:
- Yousef Ali Algadi, 34, of Huntsville - charged with theft of property and receiving stolen property
- Abdulmalik Haggagi, 26, of Huntsville - charged with theft of property and receiving stolen property
- Fisal Alajii, 52, of Huntsville - charged with theft of property and receiving stolen property
- Vinod Patel, 53, of Huntsville - charged with theft of property and receiving stolen property
As the investigation continues, police will try to determine exactly who did the buying. If it's the owners, police say they could lose their business licenses.
They also have a warning for any other businesses buying stolen goods.
"We hope other retail stores in Huntsville realize if they're buying stolen property it may be the police that's selling it to them from here on out."