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Store owner arrested for trafficking stolen goods

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High-end goods are off the streets after police busted a local business owner and charged him with selling stolen items.

The investigation led police to the 12 Volt Electronics store on H Street in Northwest D.C. More than 500 stolen items were recovered.

50 of the items are linked to 26 crimes such as burglary, robbery and auto theft.

“Our belief is that individuals would steal stuff in robberies, burglaries or auto thefts and they would take it to him and he would purchase the items and get rid of them or whatever,” said Commander George Kucik of D.C. Police.

The items seized by police include iPhones, iPads, laptops, computers, Kindles, cell phones, bicycles, tools, musical instruments, gaming systems, and other electronics. Also found were credit cards and insurance cards.

Police say as a customer, you could walk into the store and buy these items at a fraction of the actual value.

Police are still working to link most of these items to crime victims. Kucik said keeping track of serial numbers is a good idea.

“As you buy these laptops and phones, keep track of your serial numbers. If they do get stolen, it does make it easier for us to link them to that person,” he said.

The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs closed the store for 96 hours and may be able to shut it down for a month.

“In this case, the owner did not have a proper license for the business he was running, which carries a $2,000 fine. It’s also a criminal offense … up to 90 days in jail,” said Nick Majette of DCRA.

Officers have arrested 49-year-old David Brown of Capitol Heights, Md. Police say he owns the store.

The commander added they arrested Brown back in December of 2011 for a similar crime and that case is now reopened.


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