16 Arrested In Vegas Undercover ‘Operation Jigsaw’

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File photo of prisoners in a jail cell.  (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)

File photo of prisoners in a jail cell. (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)

LAS VEGAS (CBS Las Vegas/AP) — Las Vegas police say they’ve arrested 16 people so far in a 14-month investigation that involved undercover agents operating a decoy storefront.

The investigation launched in December 2010 with what police call a storefront operation, or a small business where suspects can sell stolen goods. The stores are advertised by word of mouth and staffed by undercover officers.

Police say Friday that the suspects arrested in the so-called “Operation Jigsaw” are between the ages of 19 and 39.

Authorities say they also seized over 50 illegal items including 28 stolen cars, 21 stolen guns, numerous stolen credit cards and ID documents, and a variety of drugs.

Other agencies involved in the operation include the Clark County District Attorney’s Office, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials.

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