Florida Jeweler Charged With Dealing Stolen Property

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Florida jewelry store owner was arrested for allegedly selling stolen property
and failing to complete a transaction form May 11.

The
Manatee County Sheriff’s Office arrested Mohamad “Mo” Issa, owner of Issa
Jewelers in Brandeton, Fla., following an investigation dubbed “Operation Gold
Rush.”

Issa
was charged with three counts of dealing in stolen property, one count of
possession of a firearm during commission of a felony, one count of
solicitation of prostitution, and four counts of failure to complete a
transaction form.

According
to a police press release, “Operation Gold Rush” started in Nov. 2010, after
detectives received information regarding stolen property being sold at Issa
Jewelers following the arrest of two burglary suspects.

Undercover
detectives sold jewelry to Issa, alleging that, during the investigation, they were never asked for any information required by Florida state law.

Several
known burglars were seen entering the store, and transaction forms failed to
show any transactions with the known burglars, according to police.

An
overview of the laws regarding second hand purchasing of gold and other items
can be seen here.

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