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hoover brothers charged in retail theft operation

In January 2023 Hoover Financial Crimes detectives assigned to the United States Secret Service Birmingham Cyber Fraud Task Force began an investigation into an organized retail theft operation after receiving reports from retailers who believed their merchandise was being stolen and re-sold. The investigation led detectives to two brothers, Yahya Maossama Amar and Abdurrahman Yousef Amar. Both are Hoover residents who operate businesses in the City of Birmingham.

The investigation revealed the Amar brothers continually employed associates to shoplift merchandise from several local retailers including Home Depot, Walmart, Lowe’s and Target at locations throughout the Birmingham-Hoover Metropolitan Area. The merchandise was then placed for resale on various online marketplaces where it was sold far below retail value. One such marketplace account associated with the Amar brothers has processed over $1 million in revenue.

On December 14, 2023 a joint law enforcement operation was executed at 4 area locations. Yahya Amar was taken into custody at a residence in the 3400 block of Flintshire Drive in Hoover and Abdurrahman Amar was taken into custody at a residence in the 5600 block of Colony Lane. Search warrants were also executed at both residences in Hoover along with businesses in the 1100 block of Forestdale Boulevard and 2600 block of 31st Avenue North in Birmingham. A large amount of stolen property belonging to these businesses was recovered in the execution of the search warrants, and preliminary estimates indicate the recovered property is worth approximately $30,000. Yahya and Abdurrahman Amar were both transported to the Hoover City Jail and will later be transferred Jefferson County Jail where they will be held on bonds totaling $90,000 each.

The operation conducted was done in conjunction with the United States Secret Service Birmingham Cyber Fraud Task Force and included members of the Hoover Police Department, the Birmingham Police Department, the Vestavia Hills Police Department, the Alabaster Police Department, the Trussville Police Department, the Helena Police Department and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. Operational and investigative support was provided by Walmart, Home Depot, Lowe’s and Target. The Hoover Police Department is grateful for strong relationships with our local, state and federal law enforcement partner agencies as well as retailers doing business in the City of Hoover.

The facts of the case were presented to the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office in Birmingham and the warrants listed below were obtained. These charges are part of the Retail Theft Crime Prevention Act passed by the Alabama legislature earlier this year.

Yahya Maossama Amar 33-years-old Hoover, AL

• Retail Theft 1st Degree (2 counts) $30,000 bond each charge

• Retail Theft 2nd Degree (2 counts) $15,000 bond each charge

Total Bond: $90,000

Abdurrahman Yousef Amar 31-years-old Hoover, AL

• Retail Theft 1st Degree (2 counts) $30,000 bond each charge

• Retail Theft 2nd Degree (2 counts) $15,000 bond each charge

Total Bond: $90,000

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Lieutenant Daniel Lowe

Public Information Officer

205-739-6762 – Office

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