So Fernandez sent in Buckner laden with a shopping bag full of Christmas ornaments, just like a genuine seasonal customer. It worked; Buckner was shown the goods. On the basis of this, and similar evidence collected at two adjoining shops, Fernandez and Rodriguez obtained warrants to search the three stores.
Soon, McGill was setting up the raid, diagraming the action for the three squad cars like a football coach. Moments later, Fernandez, Buckner and Holdridge were behind the merchants' counters, collecting and counting their booty.
Amid all of this, Ajaz Ramzan (Mr. AZ) insisted to a reporter, "They're wrong targeting me. I was told that [the watches] are real. I don't consider myself a criminal."
Ramzan's landlord, Bob Waknine, who happened to be on the premises, was equally indignant, phoning his lawyer and insisting he had the right to close down and throw out the police and investigators. Waknine pointed to the stores he rents out. "These merchants have been suffering [economically] all year. They're behind on the rent, and now that it's the busy season, they're being busted. How are they going to pay? We don't sell dirty magazines here. I don't allow it. And when we call the cops for a shoplifter, they're never there. So why are the cops here now?" he demanded.