Flea market shop closed for dealing stolen goods
NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) -- Officials have shut down a shop inside a South Florida flea market after an 8-month undercover sting revealed the store was selling stolen goods.
On Friday afternoon, the Miami-Dade Police robbery unit along with an undercover unit marched into the Village Flea Market on Northwest 79th Street and Northwest 27th Avenue and arrested Gloria Pang Youn Byun, also known as Miss B.
Byun is accused of buying and selling stolen goods at her P&S jewelry shop inside the Village Flea Market. According to police, she has been dealing in stolen property for years now, including chains snatched right off the necks of innocent citizens and resold for cash in any condition. "It's been over some time, it's been over a lengthy period of time," said Miami-Dade Police Detective Jason Hammond.
Employees stood around stunned as officers shut down P&S jewelry, Friday afternoon. Customers at the jewelry store were also shocked to hear the news. "People from all around come and see her. We thought the jewelry was good. We don't know what is going on now," said customer Tangela McQueen.
Detectives confiscated cases after cases of bright gold jewelry including watches, chains, pendants and diamonds. "We are going to seize the items in your booth. All the jewelry in your booth," said Hammond to Byun.
However, police said, not all of the goods were stolen, but Miss B was a go-to drop off for stolen jewelry.
During the eight-month undercover operation, police say, Byun took their bait when an undercover officer presented her with a broken chain, Friday. "We brought this in," said Hammond, as he displayed a broken gold chain. "We had an undercover come in, and she purchased this knowing that the clasp was broken." Hammond added, "She would take their gold with no questions asked."
Last October, three men shot an off-duty Miami-Dade Police detective for his gold chain, as he worked on the steps of his church.
Police photographers photographed her shop from every angle, they boxed everything up and walked Byun out of the market she had operated in for over 20 years. "I've done some really bad things," Miss B said as she was being handcuffed and taken to jail.
Police are now looking for her son, who never showed up to work on Friday. Police said he may be charged with the same thing.
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