Police: Three bought stolen gold, gems

2013-05-03T00:00:00Z 2013-05-03T07:48:10Z Police: Three bought stolen gold, gemsKimberly Matas Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
May 03, 2013 12:00 am  • 

A six-month Tucson police investigation into the trafficking of stolen gold, silver and gems has resulted in the arrest of three people.

In October 2012, police received information that the business, Gold Time Now, 4881 E. Speedway, was buying stolen gold and other precious metals.

The department's Property Trafficking Unit started investigating the business and confirmed stolen gold was being purchased, police said.

Investigators also discovered an associated business, Cash Express, 4202 E. Speedway, was purchasing stolen gold, said Sgt. Chris Widmer, a police spokesman.

On Tuesday, investigators served search warrants on the two businesses, plus a third associated company, City Wide Auto Sales, 2865 N. Oracle Road, and a home in the 4100 block of East Stone River Drive in a neighborhood northwest of North Columbus Boulevard and East Fort Lowell Road, Widmer said.

"Detectives seized a large amount of gold, silver, diamonds, jewelry, cash and electronics between the Gold Time Now and Cash Express businesses," Widmer said. "The value of the property seized was estimated to be in the tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars."

The investigation also resulted in three people being booked into the Pima County jail:

• Albert Gavrielov, 33, owner of Gold Time Now, is facing two counts of trafficking in stolen property.

• Anzhela Maksumova, 34, Gavrielov's wife and an employee at Gold Time Now, is facing five counts of trafficking in stolen property.

• Moshe Biniaminov, 36, owner of Cash Express, is facing one count of trafficking in stolen property.

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