Seattle computer store accused of selling stolen goods



Posted on July 20, 2010 at 5:29 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 20 at 6:05 PM

SEATTLE - From inside his son's computer resale store, Muhktar Jaranow says his family's life has been turned upside down by accusations that they are selling stolen property.

"That is not true," insists Jaranow.

Last June, Seattle police raided the family business, Computer Parts Resale in the 7600 block of Rainier Avenue. They also served a search warrant on the family's south Seattle home and arrested Jaranow for investigation of trafficking stolen computers.

Court records indicate police were led to the business after arresting two suspected teenage burglars who told officers "that it was common knowledge on the street that this store was the place to take stolen laptops to fence."

According to an affidavit for a search warrant, an officer went into the computer store and "discovered in plain view several laptop computers that were reported stolen from previous burglaries in Seattle and surrounding cities."

Detectives allegedly identified 13 stolen laptops and other computer equipment and "many of the items had been reported stolen from various businesses,Seattle School District, Comcast, Expedia."

Jaranow says his son buys the computers from surplus sales and then resells them on Ebay. He showed us his business license and says everything they do is legal.

"I am selling the stuff online," Jaranow's son, Shamsodin, told his father.

The Jaranows say police have returned a majority of the computers and computer parts to them.

The case is now with the King County Prosecutor's Office to determine if charges will be filed.