Sarasota, Florida -- The owners of a Sarasota convenience store were arrested Tuesday for dealing in stolen property on the job.
During a six-month joint operation with the Sarasota Police Department, undercover detectives sold thousands of dollars in what they say was stolen jewelry to Rami Ibsais and his brother, Saed Ebsais. The transactions reportedly occurred on seven different occasions at the First Stop store in the 900 block of North Washington Boulevard.
Investigators say the brothers had been buying jewelry for the past year and a half and, during a search, deputies seized 150 pieces of gold jewelry and a significant amount of cash at the time of their arrest. Detectives are currently working to find out which of the items were stolen so they can be returned their rightful owners.
The men had also obtained a Second Hand Dealer license but were not submitting the proper paperwork or documenting the transactions according to the Sarasota County ordinance.
Ibsais, 43, has been charged with three counts of Dealing in Stolen Property and six counts of Violating the Second Hand Dealer ordinance.
Ebsais, who is in the country on an expired visa, has been charged with two counts of Dealing in Stolen Property, two counts of Accessory to Dealing in Stolen Property and four counts of Violating the Second Hand Dealer ordinance. He is currently being detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).