STOCKTON – On March 7, 2017, California Alcoholic Beverage Control agents joined Stockton police in serving a search warrant at Simon’s Market in Stockton. The search warrant concluded a five-month undercover investigation in which store owner Samra Boota, 47, allegedly bought purported stolen property. Boota was arrested for 496 (d) PC, attempting to purchase stolen property.
During the investigation, a Stockton police detective posing as a customer sold Boota purported stolen property. This occurred no less than six times. Boota is accused of knowingly and willingly purchasing the purported stolen property each time. The combined amount of the stolen property was over $1,000.00.
Agents from the Stockton ABC office, along with Stockton Code Enforcement Officers assisted with the conclusion of the case.
“ABC agents and local police departments work together to investigate businesses and individuals who are breaking the law,” said California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) President Alan Barcelona. “They work to keep communities safe by investigating cases that include the illegal sale of alcohol, gangs, drugs, human trafficking and underage drinking. These agents work well into the wee hours of the morning and on weekends investigating cases at bars, restaurants and large events.”