Joint investigation underway into major retail theft case
LAS VEGAS (AP/KTNV) -- Federal authorities have arrested a North Las Vegas store owner accused of buying and reselling black-market liquor and baby formula he thought had been stolen from area supermarkets.
Police and federal ATF agents took 54-year-old Amer "Sunny" Ramo into custody Tuesday at his convenience store at West Lake Mead Boulevard and Englestad Street.
Officials say the case illustrates the multi-billion dollar nationwide problem of organized retail theft.
Ramo is accused of buying bottles of liquor and baby formula that he believed had been stolen from grocery stores in the Las Vegas area and purchasing cigarettes that hadn't been taxed by the state. Authorities say he bought the items from undercover police and an ATF agent.
Ramo is due to face a federal magistrate judge in Las Vegas U.S. District Court.
North Las Vegas Police and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department are working together with federal agencies on the case.
The two suspects are also accused of recruiting kids to steal alcohol and tobacco products.
The other suspect is still at large.
Action News will bring you more details on the case as they become available.