eBay’s GAP Team Assists PD with Crackdown on Pawn Shops

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In May police arrested Shahrokh Shaw Roohparvar, 60, of Los Altos. He has been charged with 11 counts of possessing stolen property and acquiring stolen property for financial gain. Roohparvar ran a shop on The Alameda near downtown San Jose that went by the names “Silicon Valley Liquidate,” “Compucycle” or “US Tech,” according to police.

An undercover sting, aided by the Regional Enforcement Allied Computer Team and the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office, led to allegations that Roohparvar was selling stolen items on eBay. Montonye said the alleged crimes were especially brazen because there was apparently no attempt to obscure serial numbers, which allowed items to be swiftly identified as stolen.

Montonye added that a known serial burglar was frequently seen doing business at Roohparvar’s shop, and that Roohparvar eschewed official state forms for ones he created himself. Roohparvar did not obtain required identification for people pawning items at his business, Montonye.

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