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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Police raid corner stores for stolen goods
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Police raided several corner stores in search of stolen goods. Thursday's sting resulted in a number of items being confiscated and store owners arrested. Our Katie Gibas went along on the raid and tells us what happened.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Jesse Kimball works just down the road from Johnny 5's at another corner store. He says this area can be pretty rough. In October, police were called here after a store clerk was shot. Kimball says, last night, he witnessed another crime.

"Somebody stole a lady's car. He [looked like he] was about 12-years-old. Three kids came into the store, distracted us and the lady. The kid came out, hopped in her car and left," said Kimball.

Kimball said he's never been inside Johnny 5's Market. But he was surprised to learn police raided it Thursday in search of stolen goods.

"Especially right here in these stores because I work at Family Dream, like I said, and they're pretty much connected, but not so well with this one. And it's surprising to hear that," said Kimball.

A number of stores were raided for allegedly selling stolen goods that ranged from razors to Red Bull to candy. Syracuse police arrested several store owners following the undercover sting operation.

Police say there had been reports of items being stolen from bigger retailers like Wegmans, Tops and Walgreens, just to name a few. They allege the people who stole the items would sell them at a low price to corner store owners, who would then turn around and make a profit from the items. A number of products were removed from the stores.

Some of the stores that were raided were Johnny 5's Market on Park Street, #1 Convenience Store on Butternut, the Valero Gas Station on North Salina Street and Al's Market on Hawley. It appeared the majority of those targeted were arrested and charged.

Police will be holding a news conference Friday morning to discuss those arrested and the charges they face.

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