Police find stolen merchandise in two Middletown swap shops

MIDDLETOWN, OH (FOX19) - Middletown Police found stolen property in two different swap shops during raids executed on Thursday.

At the NYC3 shop, located on the 3200 block of Roosevelt Boulevard, police say they found multiple power tools with the serial numbers removed, along with several GPS units, gas trimmers, and jewelry. Police arrested Khaled Algzawi, 29, on one misdemeanor count of receiving stolen property and violating swap shop requirements. The owner, Mohammed Mahmoud, 33, was also arrested, and charged with one felony count of receiving stolen property, one misdemeanor count of receiving stolen property, and violating swap shop licensing requirements.

At the All Pro shop, located on the 1700 block of Central Avenue, police say they found several stolen television sets, video game systems, and other electronics. Police arrested the owner, Robert Farmer, 57, for one felony count of receiving stolen property.

The raids were the result of a two-month investigation into 14 different swap shops in the area. Police say they had probable cause to charge 5 shops with receiving stolen property, but were only able to raid the stores after undercover agents attempted to make one final sale of stolen property.

The other swap shops investigated were not named by Middletown Police, but police did say they shut down the NYC shop located on the 1600 block of Central Avenue for fire code violations.

Police are trying to return the stolen property to its rightful owners. If you have been a victim of a recent theft and believe any of the property might be yours, please call Detective Bush of the Middletown Police at (513) 425-7720.

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