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Fencing Operation in Orange Park Busted; Suspect at Large
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Fencing Operation in Orange Park Busted; Suspect at Large

CLAY COUNTY, Fla. -- Stolen soap, detergent and toilet paper were the "hot" items that helped land one woman in jail and break-up what police are calling a fencing operation.

According to the Clay County Sheriff's Office, Nyota Z. McGriff, 33, and Dishawn D. Butler, 28, were behind the operation.

Detectives believe the suspects would give shoplifters a list of items to steal from area stores, then pay them a fraction of their retail value for them before turning around and selling them to someone else for a profit.

These types of operations are believed to happen year-round at major stores throughout the area, and the investigations go all the way to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

McGriff's arrest report indicates she gave a list of merchandise to a shoplifter on Jan. 12.  The list included laundry detergent, soap, fabric cleaning spray, toilet paper and paper towels.

Two days later, according to the report, McGriff paid the person $75 for the merchandise, which was worth $150, then gave the person another shopping list.

In March, detectives say she did it again, at which point she was arrested.

McGriff is charged with four counts of initiating theft of property and one drug charge.

Butler is wanted on similar charges, but has not yet been located.

If you know anything that can help find her, call our partner First COast Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS (8477).  You will remain anonymous and could receive a cash reward if your information leads to an arrest.

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