12 Birmingham pawn shops raided, stolen goods found

(CBS Detroit)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Investigators say simultaneous raids on 12 Birmingham area pawn shops in Jefferson and Shelby counties led to the seizure of more than $600,000 cash and enough stolen goods to fill two 53-foot trailers.

Police say the recovered items are valued at more than $500,000.

AL.com reports Friday’s raids, dubbed “Operation Get Fit”, led to 16 arrests. Police are still searching for a 17th suspect.

District Attorney Brandon Falls says Tuesday the four-month investigation was led by the Jefferson County Regional Financial Crimes Task Force and the U.S. Secret Service.

Falls says “boosters” have been stealing Fitbits, Nest Learning Thermostats, and several other items from a variety of area stores and then selling them to pawn shops. From there, the stolen items were sold on eBay and Craigslist.

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