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5 suspects arrested in stolen merchandise investigation

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Mohammed Naderi Keshtakari (Source: Huntsville Police) Mohammed Naderi Keshtakari (Source: Huntsville Police)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Huntsville Police arrested five people after an investigation into retail theft of Kroger and Publix merchandise.

For several months, investigators partnered Publix and Kroger grocery stores, focusing on convenience stores that purchased stolen goods - everything from energy drinks to over-the-counter medication.

Police say this detail combined with previous operations resulted in a reduction of retail thefts from both stores.

The detail resulted in five arrests:

  • Mohammed Naderi Keshtakari - Theft of property 2nd and buying and receiving stolen property 2nd
  • Mohammed Ali Naderi - Theft of property 2nd and buying and receiving stolen property 2nd
  • Sharif Ahmed Nasser - Theft of property 3rd and buying and receiving stolen property 2nd
  • Mohammad Reza Moradi - Theft of property 3rd and buying and receiving stolen property 2nd
  • Hosein Eslami - Theft of property 3rd and buying and receiving stolen property 2nd
Huntsville Police also have active warrants for Fateh H. Alradi for buying and receiving stolen property 2nd and receiving stolen property 2nd.

Huntsville Police Sergeant Mark Roberts said the men knew that what they were buying was stolen. He said police made similar arrests earlier in the year and the stores saw positive results.

"The ones that got arrested before don't seem to be doing it. So we are hoping that everyone quits - period - buying stolen merchandise. That is the message we want to send, that you never know if we are tracking that merchandise or not," said Sgt. Roberts.

These sting operations also put a dent in other crimes. "If they're buying shoplifted merchandise from these locations, they're probably buying other stolen items from burglaries," the sergeant said.

Investigators said the people responsible for the thefts would take as much as $500 worth of merchandise at a time and then sell them off for pennies on the dollar.

Both Kroger and Publix said these types of crimes ultimately increase the cost to consumers. 

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