- Associated Press - Monday, February 8, 2016

MONROE, Ohio (AP) - The recent convictions of a father and son in an undercover sting in which they believed they were buying stolen retail items to sell at a flea market underscores the thriving black market for such deals, authorities said.

Charles and Randall Cantrell were convicted last week of receiving stolen property in connection with the sale of Tide laundry detergent pods at Traders World Flea Market in Monroe, The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News reported (https://bit.ly/1PIOrb6).

The sting was initiated by the Warren County Sheriff’s Office following complaints from a Kroger supermarket that thefts were on the rise. Prosecutors say the Cantrells agreed to purchase stolen merchandise on four occasions from undercover officers.

Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell said the officers made it known that the items were stolen by using terminology such as “taken off the truck before they reached the store,” among others.

Officials said the men’s arrests followed the increasing trend of stolen consumer items being sold at flea markets and online.

“They’ll get you whatever you want,” Lt. Brian Curlis said. “When you have zero overhead, you can make great deals.”

A National Retail Federation study has shown that retailers lose billions of dollars to shoplifting, employee and vendor theft and administrative errors.


Information from: The JournalNews of Hamilton, https://www.journal-news.com/cgi-bin/liveique.acgi$sch=jnfront?jnfront



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