QUAKERTOWN, Pa. - A shop in the Quakertown Farmer's Market bought stolen health and beauty items and resold them for a profit, police said Thursday.
Michael Gill, 41, and Denise Gill, 37, the shop's operators, were charged and are awaiting preliminary hearings.
One Stop Health and Beauty Shop on 201 Station Road in Richland Township bought the stolen items and resold them for profit within the stand and on eBay, the Quakertown Police Department said in a news release.
The shop bought the stolen products from many drug-addicted customers who would commit retail thefts at area retail stores, police said. Michael Gill would specifically provide lists to those committing the thefts indicating which items he needed for the stand, police said.
The customers were given a small portion of the items' retail value. The customers would use the money for drugs, housing and other personal business, police said.
Michael Gill reported making between $2,500 and $5,000 each weekend in sales, including through the sale of stolen items, and buying about $1,000 in products from private sellers each week, the Bucks County district attorney's office said, citing a criminal complaint.
Between March 2017 and March 2019, revenue from the eBay business came in at about $117,000.
Michael and Denise Gill were charged and arraigned on Wednesday. They are awaiting preliminary hearings.