4 of 5 charged in connection to retail theft ring

By ZEINAB NAJM
Times-Herald Newspapers

DEARBORN — Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced charges against four suspects allegedly involved in a retail theft ring following several raids, including one in Dearborn.

Detroit residents Nafez Mohammad, 59; Victoria Henderson, 33; Valencia Davey, 24; and Deon Davey, 19, were charged for their alleged involvement in the organized retail crime. A fifth person was arrested but has not been charged.

Mohammad was charged with one count of continuing criminal enterprise, 10 counts of receiving and concealing stolen property between $1,000 to $20,000, 17 counts of organized retail crime, and two counts of receiving and concealing stolen property between $200 to $1,000.

He was released on personal bond and is required to wear a GPS tether.

Henderson was charged with one count of continuing criminal enterprise, 15 counts of receiving and concealing stolen property between $1,000 to $20,000, 17 counts of organized retail crime, and two counts of receiving and concealing stolen property between $200 to $1,000.

She remained in jail on a $5,000 bond.

Valencia Davey was charged with one count of running a criminal enterprise, 11 counts of receiving and concealing stolen property between $1,000 and $20,000 and 11 counts of organized retail crime.

She also remained in jail on a $1,000 bond.

Deon Davey was charged with 10 counts of organized retail crime and 10 counts of receiving and concealing stolen property between $1,000 and $20,000.

He was released on personal bond and required to wear a GPS tether.

According to the prosecutor’s office, the items recovered from the raids in Dearborn and Detroit were valued at more than $500,000. The items were stolen from retail stores such as CVS/pharmacy, Rite-Aid, Target and Walgreens in Canton and the metro Detroit area between March 16 and July 27.

Items included beauty products and medication.

Allegedly, Henderson, and the Daveys would steal the items from the stores and transport them to Mohammad who would then take them to a vacant warehouse on Chase Road in Dearborn to remove stickers and security stickers.

According to Canton Township police, Mohammad would then sell the stolen items on the Internet.

On Aug. 1, Dearborn, Canton and Michigan state police raided the vacant building on Chase Road near Arthur in Dearborn where they found more than $125,000 in stolen property.

The raid was a followup to five arrests made in the previous 24 hours by the three police agencies working together.

Canton police said they started investigating the theft ring four months ago and also executed search warrants at a house in Detroit and storage unit in Dearborn.

Information from the investigation was turned over to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office where appropriate charges were determined.

“We are committed to prosecuting those who engage in organized retail crime,” Worthy said in a statement. “This kind of criminal activity can potentially and negatively affect every resident of Wayne County.”

(Zeinab Najm can be reached at zeinabnajm92@gmail.com.)

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