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Jackson Police Raid Businesses and a Home

By Mallory Cooke
By mcooke@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn. - Jackson police raided several area businesses, Tuesday morning. Investigators believe employees sold stolen merchandise.

“Well, I heard there were a lot of cops congregating over here near my son's business and I wanted to make sure he was safe,” said Alta Thompson, of Jackson.

Crime scene tape blocked the entrance to Royal Quick Stop, College Mart and International Fashions. Police believe the stores sold stolen items for profit.

“We're in all of the stores and we're doing inventory looking for stolen items,” said Deputy Chief Barry Michael, with the Jackson Police Department

The Royal Quick Stop and College Mart were both closed for what the city referred to as "code issues." Police officials stated that officers noticed electrical issues and exposed pipes while they searched the businesses and contacted the city code department who determined the businesses violated regulations. International Fashions was allowed to reopen but had not as of Tuesday afternoon.

Michael confirmed officers also searched a house on Fairmont Avenue that belongs to one of the business owners. Detectives began the investigation about a year ago.

“This is a very complex investigation,” said Michael. “It is ongoing.”

Police would not say what type of items were stolen or how much is missing.

“It kind of makes me mad because they come over here and are able to buy these places to open up for little or nothing and then just do whatever their heart's desire,” said Thompson.

Officers are still trying to identify where the stores allegedly got their stolen merchandise.

No arrests have been made as of Tuesday morning, but investigators expect to make arrests in the cases soon.