UPDATED: Greenville Police Bust Convenience Stores

A six month investigation in Greenville resulted in a Thursday morning raid of four convenience stores. Eight were arrested.

Greenville Police brought in convenience store owners and managers from the Pitt Stop, Greenville One and Two Stop, and Superfresh Stores. All are local businesses situated in neighborhoods that are notorious for crime.

Officers say state and federal agents confiscated stolen goods and have investigated the misuse of Welfare or EBT cards.

Greenville Police Chief, William Anderson, says these shops were a hub for criminal activity that the owners perpetrated.

This effort by local, state and federal agents netted over 167 thousand dollar worth of merchandise and government funds.

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Greenville Police say they have arrested seven people as the result of a six month investigation into the sale of illegal goods. The dubbed the investigation "Operation Inconvenience."

Greenville Police spokesperson Kip Gaskins says the investigation focused on four convenience stores in Greenville. Some of the illegal goods included things that had been stolen and food stamp cards.

The FBI, SBI and Greenville Police are on the scene.

The following stores were raided: Pit Stop One at 425 Hooker Rd.; Greenville Stop One, 514 Wautaga Ave.; Greenville Stop Two, 1006 Bancroft Ave.; and Superfresh at 1401 Dickinson Ave.

Stay tuned for more details about the investigation.

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  • by b Location: ecu on Jul 22, 2009 at 03:56 AM
    i drive down dickinson a few times a week. as i drove by yesterday and noticed that the "superfresh" store was boarded up, inside i was saying "ha!!! gotcha!!!" FINALLY after all these years, GPD notices that illegal activity is taking place there. it is about time!!! i think that the one behind j h rose should have been closed up a long time ago...it draws a bad crowd near a school. and by the way, YES, store owners can do something about people hanging outside of a business--it is called "call the police"--not a hard concept to grasp people!!!!
  • by Anonymous on Jul 16, 2009 at 10:52 AM
    wow so mutch people hate muslims in usa not good they will niver enter heaven provate sad
  • by Anonymous on Jul 16, 2009 at 10:44 AM
    the'll be back its all money keep writen comments they will be back for business
  • by Anonymous on Jul 16, 2009 at 10:41 AM
    they look out 4 evrybody i missed u guys
  • by Anonymous on Jul 16, 2009 at 10:40 AM
    peope are writen comments are prob. owe change to those stores,am just readen ur races and sick and haters comment they good people
  • by TeresaAli Location: Kinston on Jul 16, 2009 at 10:01 AM
    First....the race or ethnic background has nothing to do with the crime committed. I have spent a lifetime working in convenience stores and other businesses located in low income areas. But the items sold in these and other mainstream businesses DO contribute to the problem. Why is it legal for a business such as Kangaroo to sell on its novelty rack things like ashtrays with a "stash" hole in the bottom? Why is it legal for "tobacco grinders" to be sold? These items aren't being used as ashtrays! While I have known a few persons who buy rolling papers and DO make their own cigarettes, I've never known them to grind their tobacco finer. What of businesses that sell containers that LOOK just like soda cans but have false bottoms? What about the glass rose? These things are sold in convenience stores even in areas that are not considered "crime hubs" and contribute to the problem. Race or ethnic background has NOTHING to do with the crime.
  • by lily Location: washington on Jul 15, 2009 at 04:07 PM
    This is an outcry from the killings downtown. It took the slaying of the young men downtown before GPD could see that there is a problem in Greenville. Not a race problem, but a criminal problem. Let's not lose any more lives to crime and violence. Clean up Greenville.
  • by The Pirate Lady Location: Grimesland on Jul 15, 2009 at 01:06 PM
    As previously stated by almost everyone, good job GPD!
  • by Ms. Paradise Location: In Your Face on Jul 14, 2009 at 10:33 PM
    Anonymous, If I had the Time, I would feel sorry for You. I posted a comment specifically about the Raids. I refuse to go back and forth with You. We all know that You are Emotional and Lonely right now. Why don't you go find an argument at an all male's club? You would fit right in. Thanks GPD for a Job well Done. If You posted on July 9th at 10:37 by the name Anonymous, You already know that you're Ignorant. Find a man to argue with because I am not the one. After reading all the misspelled posts on here, you have the Nerve to seek Me. Get A Life and Get off the Drugs
  • by Anonymous on Jul 14, 2009 at 03:15 PM
    Good job Rich! You keep defending those random women online, one of them will eventually go on a date with you for sure! Being educated is not equal to being pompous and crafting an intelligent response to an unintelligent post doesn't take two hours. I wouldn't be surprised however if it took either of you that long to read it and scan your respective dictionaries. Please try and make a point because I would love to keep this going. You don't have room to call anyone pompous, you should be more worried about your embarassing attempt at flirting through the WITN comments page. The best part about it is your clear discomfort using 'big' words. It doesn't flow naturally, not to mention the misspelling of rebuttal. You get a B- for effort.

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