Stockton Convenience Store Owner Arrested, Suspected of Fencing Purported Stolen Goods



A convenience store owner in Stockton was arrested today on suspicion he was purchasing and selling stolen goods.

At 9 a.m. Stockton Police arrested Samra Boota, 47, owner of Simon's Market on West Poplar Street for attempting to purchase stolen goods. Boota was taken into custody following a five-month investigation.

Detectives from SPD's vice squad posed as a customers who sold goods that were purported to be stolen on six different occasions. The most recent stolen good that was allegedly sold to Boota were two cartons of Newport cigarettes. 

The cumulative value of the goods sold to Boota reportedly exceeded $1,000. 

The sting operation was made possible by a $100,000 grant from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to conduct such investigations and other alcohol-related crimes including deterring underage drinking. Agents from the Stockton ABC office, along with Stockton Code Enforcement Officers assisted with today’s conclusion of the case where a search warrant was also served.




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