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NOPD arrest 5 suspects in undercover retail theft investigation

Soliman Attia, 30 (Source: NOPD) Soliman Attia, 30 (Source: NOPD)
Mohammad Ayyad, 31 (Source: NOPD) Mohammad Ayyad, 31 (Source: NOPD)
Jehad Kandous, 40 (Source: NOPD) Jehad Kandous, 40 (Source: NOPD)
Inell Jerome, 47 (Source: NOPD) Inell Jerome, 47 (Source: NOPD)
Abedalhadi Malkawi, 28 (Source: NOPD) Abedalhadi Malkawi, 28 (Source: NOPD)
NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -

New Orleans police recovered cash and stolen property from four different businesses after an undercover operation.

Detectives believed the businesses were buying stolen items and reselling it to customers.

The investigation started on Sept. 30 at Family Farmers Market in the 2400 block of N. Claiborne Avenue. An undercover officer contacted two employees and indicated he had stolen goods for sale. Police say Soliman Attia, 30, and Mohammad Ayaad, 31, purchased the items.

Later that afternoon, undercover shoppers entered the store and purchased the stolen merchandise. Detectives then obtained a search warrant. Once inside, they discovered the stolen items were already on the shelves of the store, police said.

The two men were arrested for attempted illegal possession of stolen things and organized retail theft.

On the same day, undercover detectives used a similar operation on Quicky's Discount Market in the 1500 block of Franklin Avenue. An officer sold stolen property to Jehad Kandous, 40, and Inell Jerome, 47. Police later arrested and charged the two with attempted illegal possession of stolen things and organized retail theft.

Police say both of the suspects admitted they purchased the stolen goods.

On Oct. 1, detectives executed search warrants on Crowder Center Gas Station in the 5700 block of Crowder Boulevard and at Read Supermarket in the 7000 block of Read Boulevard.

Detectives say the recovered stolen property, including 36 cell phones and $1,800. Officers arrested Abedalhadi Malkawi from Read Supermarket for illegal possession of property and organized retail theft.

The NOPD says additional arrests may be forthcoming.

Citizens with information about this crime are asked to call Crimestoppers at 822-1111 or toll-free 1-877-903-STOP(7867) or Text your crime tip to C-R-I-M-E-S (274637), Text TELLCS then your crime information.  You could receive a cash reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the person(s) responsible. You do not have to give your name nor testify to receive the reward.  Citizens can also submit an anonymous tip online to Crimestoppers at www.crimestoppersgno.org

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