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Iraqi police recovered about $160,000 in stolen Army and Air Force Exchange Service electronics during two raids in Baghdad recently.

About $193,000 worth of merchandise had been stolen from either a warehouse or storage vehicle on Camp Victory, according to a Multi-National Force Iraq news release.

Iraqi police opened an investigation after an adviser working for the military’s Civilian Police Assistance Team received a tip that a local vendor was selling American electronics.

Iraqi police raided two businesses, arrested seven people and netted about $80,000 of stolen electronics from each location.

Those arrested since have been released on bail.

“The Iraqi Police were instrumental in recovering these items and securing such with no loss of property or chain of evidence,” Iraqi Police adviser Dwight Murphy said in the release.

AAFES spokesman Judd Anstey wrote in an e-mail to Stars and Stripes in response to questions that there is an ongoing criminal investigation into the theft and more details may be released once it is complete.

Iraqi police also are investigating.


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