Chandler police arrest 3 relatives in retail theft ring

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
Samer Shiha is charged with possession of stolen property, trafficking in stolen property and conducting an illegal criminal enterprise. By Jennifer Thomas Samer Shiha is charged with possession of stolen property, trafficking in stolen property and conducting an illegal criminal enterprise. By Jennifer Thomas
Sami Shiha is charged with possession of stolen property, trafficking in stolen property and conducting an illegal criminal enterprise. By Jennifer Thomas Sami Shiha is charged with possession of stolen property, trafficking in stolen property and conducting an illegal criminal enterprise. By Jennifer Thomas
Hane Sheiha is charged with possession of stolen property, trafficking in stolen property and conducting an illegal criminal enterprise. By Jennifer Thomas Hane Sheiha is charged with possession of stolen property, trafficking in stolen property and conducting an illegal criminal enterprise. By Jennifer Thomas

CHANDLER, Ariz. -- Chandler police arrested three men after busting a retail theft ring.

After a three-month investigation of an illegal retail theft operation and transactions conducted by members and employees of the Shiha Corporation, officers arrested brothers Sami Shiha, 32, and Samer Shiha, 23, along with their cousin, Hane Sheiha, 32, on Thursday.

All three were charged with possession of stolen property, trafficking in stolen property and conducting an illegal criminal enterprise.

Detectives said stolen items from Safeway and Fry's grocery stores were sold to Shiha Corporation at two locations. The items were then resold at discounted prices.

The two locations were A Amigo Market, 500 E. Chandler Blvd., in Chandler and Easy Mart, 6351 N. 16th St., in Phoenix.

Chandler police said this is part of a national epidemic that is costing grocers and consumers.