NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Nashville market was raided by police Thursday for allegedly selling stolen merchandise.
The raid happened at The Village Market located at 4400 Tennessee Avenue.
According to police spokeswoman Kristin Mumford, authorities began investigating the market in September after the store’s owner allegedly purchased stolen goods from a police operative.
From Sept. 22 to Nov. 10, the 63-year-old man reportedly purchased stolen items six times from undercover officers.
Authorities said the police operative presented the merchandise as stolen and the owner reportedly paid about a third of what the merchandise was actually worth.
Police seized nearly all of the market’s non-perishable goods, including cigarettes, baby formula, cold medicine and energy drinks, among other items, after executing a search warrant Thursday.
“It’s a real strong message to market owners that if you think you are going to be buying stolen merchandise for a fraction of the cost, and making a profit, really you stand to lose all of your merchandise in one of these types of situations,” Mumford said.
Charges are expected.
The investigation is ongoing.