Items seized from Gallatin Ave. business, Owners charged - WKRN News 2

Items seized from Gallatin Ave. business, Owners charged

Posted: Updated: Jan 26, 2012 2:14 PM CST
Ghazi Asfour Ghazi Asfour
Basmah Hattar Basmah Hattar
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

Metro police arrested the owners of an east Nashville convenience store Thursday morning following a several-month long investigation that revealed they knowingly purchased stolen good at a greatly discounted price.

Police raided the Spirit convenience store located on the corner of Gallatin Avenue and Granada Avenue and seized several items including multiple cases of beer, cartons of cigarettes and a shotgun.

A Nashville's News 2 photographer on the scene Thursday morning reported dozens of boxes were removed from the business and loaded into two moving vans.

Metro police spokesperson Kristin Mumford said the store's owners, Ghazi Asfour, 58, and his wife, Basmah Hattar, 51, knew the beer and cigarettes were stolen but purchased the items anyway for hundreds of dollars less than what they would have cost.

The $3,000 worth of merchandise was purchased for just $580, according to police.

The couple was booked into the Metro jail on three counts each of felony theft.

Their bond was set at $9,000 bond each.

The Spirit market is closed and all non-perishable items are being seized from the store as part of the investigation.

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