- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 19, 2016

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Authorities 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.

AL.com reports (http://bit.ly/2ek1zp5) Friday’s raids, dubbed Operation Get Fit, targeted a dozen businesses and led to 16 arrests. A 17th person is still sought.

District Attorney Brandon Falls said Tuesday the four-month investigation was led by the Jefferson County Regional Financial Crimes Task Force and the U.S. Secret Service. Falls said “boosters” have been stealing Fitbits, Nest Learning Thermostats, and numerous other items from a variety of area stores and then selling them to pawn shops. From there, the stolen items were then sold on eBay and Craigslist.

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Information from: The Birmingham News, http://www.al.com/birminghamnews

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