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Oak Lawn man charged in connection with West Side fencing operation

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Updated: August 12, 2014 6:16AM



An Oak Lawn man was among three charged with taking part in a fencing operation in which stolen items allegedly were bought and resold out of Chicago’s Humboldt Park community.

Yacoub Khaliefeh, 54, of the 2800 block of North Natoma Avenue, Chicago, was charged with organizing a financial crime enterprise; Wael Jarwan, 43, also of the 2800 block of North Natoma, was charged with felony theft; and Najeh Hamad, 44, of the 9900 block of Massasoit Avenue in Oak Lawn, was charged with misdemeanor theft, according to River Forest police.

An investigation was launched after a retail theft suspect provided information to River Forest police about a fencing operation in the 3700 block of West Chicago Avenue, according to a statement from police.

The operation entailed buying stolen products for about 10 cents on the dollar, according to the statement. Some of the merchandise was resold in Chicago, while tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of stolen products were shipped to at least two locations in New York.

According to the statement, about $19,000 worth of stolen property, $14,000 in currency and five vehicles were recovered during the monthlong investigation.

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