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Police make arrests at Norwood businesses for allegedly receiving stolen property

Officials say some of the items stolen and purchased by the defendants recovered from the scene were: Cell phones, electronics, cigarettes, energy supplements, DVDs, video games and lighters (Photo: Norwood Police) Officials say some of the items stolen and purchased by the defendants recovered from the scene were: Cell phones, electronics, cigarettes, energy supplements, DVDs, video games and lighters (Photo: Norwood Police)
Approximately $7,000 worth of stolen merchandise purchased by the defendants (Photo: Norwood Police) Approximately $7,000 worth of stolen merchandise purchased by the defendants (Photo: Norwood Police)
NORWOOD, OH (FOX19) -

Norwood Police made the arrests of three individuals for allegedly selling stolen goods in two Norwood businesses.

The Norwood Drug Task Force in conjunction with Kroger Organized Crime and Global Investigators of Wal-Mart participated in the two month investigation involving fencing operations.

Officials say The Sherman Market, located in the 1700 block of Sherman Ave, and McKiddy Automotive, located in the 5300 block of Carthage Ave, were involved in purchasing items known to be stolen from retail markets.

According to investigators with the Norwood Drug Task Force, McKiddy Automotive was commonly referred to as the "Heroin Pawn Shop" and investigators recovered stolen property in McKiddy Automotive taken in burglary offenses in Norwood.

Police say that many addicts are committing burglaries, thefts and other offenses to support their drug habits.  Businesses such as Wal-Mart and Kroger lose millions of dollars nationwide to fencing operations.  Police say that addicts will conduct theft offenses at retail stores and sell the stolen merchandise for pennies on the dollars because of desperation.

Norwood Lt. Ronald Murphy says that the two businesses act as a safe haven and enable the addicts to retain funds to purchase heroin. 

Police arrested three people in connection to fencing operations in Norwood. Fandi Tahat, 59, was charged with one felony count of receiving stolen property; Ayham Odeh, 35, was charged with two felony and one misdemeanor count of receiving stolen property; and Wendell McKiddy, 58, was charged with four felony and three misdemeanor counts of receiving stolen property. 

Officials say some of the items stolen and purchased by the defendants recovered from the scene were: Cell phones, electronics, cigarettes, energy supplements, DVDs, video games and lighters.  Approximately $7,000 worth of stolen merchandise purchased by the defendants.  

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