Florida Department of Law Enforcement agents arrested two people in connection with buying and selling stolen goods out of convenience stores located in Titusville and Cocoa.
FDLE received information that two different “mom and pop” convenience stores, A.R. Cocoa Meat Market, L.L.C. located at 805 Fiske Boulevard in Cocoa and Mobil Mart located at 1500 Harrison Avenue in Titusville, were purchasing stolen merchandise from individuals that would steal the goods from major retail stores.
The stolen merchandise included health and beauty products, cartons of cigarettes, electronic items including large-screen television sets, Playstation 4 operating systems, and laptop computers.
These items were presented as stolen property and sold to the business owners and/or employees at a far reduced price. The merchandise was then either sold out of their business or purchased for personal use.
FDLE, along with the Cocoa Police Department and investigators from Sam’s Wholesale Club, Target, Lowes, Walgreens, CVS, and Winn Dixie, began the investigation in May 2019.
35-year-old Marco Antonio Melendez-Recinos, Cocoa, Florida, was charged with three counts of dealing in stolen property, one count of conspiracy to deal in stolen property and one count of unlawful use of a two-way communication device.
33-year-old Anny Rosario, Merritt Island, Florida, was also arrested for five counts of dealing in stolen property, one count conspiracy to deal in stolen property and one count of unlawful use of a two-way communication device.
Melendez-Recinos and Rosario were booked into the Brevard County Jail.
The Office of the State Attorney, 18th Judicial Circuit, will prosecute this case.