After an investigation, authorities said search warrants were served at a Greenville electronics resale business on Wednesday.
Secret Service agent Thomas Griffin said approximately six months earlier, the Greenville County Sheriff's Office was notified of a possible fencing operation at Reboot on North Pleasantburg Drive.
According to the FBI, a "fence" is a person or business that receives stolen goods from others and resells them for a profit.
Griffin believes Reboot customers were shoplifting items from big-box stores like Lowes and Home Depot before taking them to Reboot, which would then re-sell the stolen goods, including online auctions like eBay.
The Secret Service said items like power tools, electronics and computers were seized in the raid.
"Most of the stolen items came from shoplifters who were victimizing corporations throughout, not only Greenville County, but the Upstate as a whole," said Sgt. Ryan Flood with the Greenville County Sheriff's Office.
Arrests are expected in the case, Griffin said.
Flood said the elimination of a criminal fencing operation has a direct and immediate impact on the volume of property crimes in the area.
According to Reboot's website, the store pays cash for consumer electronics, and resells them for an average of 40 to 75 percent off retail price.
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