Salem Police Bust Businesses Accused of EBT Scams, Pirated DVDs
Salem detectives executed search warrants at a pair of Salem businesses Friday afternoon.
Salem detectives executed search warrants at two city businesses Friday afternoon and reportedly discovered evidence that they've been buying stolen items, selling pirated movies and committing EBT card violations.
The warrants were requested after a two-week investigation into "illegal activity at both locations that include the purchasing of stolen property to include electronics, tools, jewelry and other secondhand valuables," according to police.
At 12:10 p.m., Salem detectives from the Criminal Investigation Division executed search warrants at NYFC Food Market at 21 Salem St. and Salem Grill and Chicken at 105 Lafayette St.
"Numerous items" were retrieved during the search and officers reportedly recovered packs of flavored cigars without tax stamps, pirated DVD movies and evidence of EBT card violations.
The following members of the Salem Police Department contributed to the investigation: Capt. Thomas Griffin, Lt. Stephen Bona, Sgt. Michael Page, Det. Thomas Brennan, Det. Eric Connolly, Det. Charlene Sano, Det. Peter Baglioni and Patrolman Kathleen Rocheville.
Salem Patch will post additional information about illegal activity at the businesses as it becomes available.