6 men charged in connection with stolen cellphones operation
| Thursday, 12.22.2016, 08:03 PM

MT. CLEMENS, Mich. - Six men were charged last week in connection with buying, storing and shipping stolen cellphones in Mt. Clemens, according to the Macomb County Sheriff's Office.

Police said they searched 13 locations in Metro Detroit during the investigation, most of which were in Macomb County.

Azzaddeen Mohamad Gobah, Robert Oraha Patto, Assim Sabah Salman, James Sabah Salman, Robert Sulowski and one other man were charged in the case.

Police believe the men had storefront locations where they would accept new, stolen cellphones. The phones would be packaged, resold and shipped. The money would be used to expand the criminal enterprise, police said.

Gobah, 29, of Shelby Township, is charged with receiving and concealing stolen property worth $20,000 or more.

Patto, 35, or Macomb Township, is charged with receiving and concealing stolen property worth $20,000 or more and conspiracy to commit receiving and concealing.

Assim Salman, 40, of Sterling Heights, is charged with receiving and concealing stolen property worth $20,000 or more and conspiracy to commit receiving and concealing.

James Salman, 39, of Shelby Township, is charged with receiving and concealing stolen property worth $20,000 or more and conspiracy to commit receiving and concealing.

Sulowski, 26, of Sterling Heights, is charged with receiving and concealing stolen property worth $20,000 or more and conspiracy to commit receiving and concealing.

The sixth man has not been identified because he hasn't been arraigned. He is charged with receiving and concealing stolen property.

Officials said on Oct. 25 they searched homes and businesses owned or operated by the five men above.

The five men above were arraigned Dec. 15 and Dec. 16. They were being held on $20,000 bail and were released. They are scheduled to return to court Dec. 28.



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