There are a lot of high-tech toys in the Aloushzking eBay store. Cameras, computers, cornets - and whoever runs this page sells a lot of stuff, yet always seems to have more goodies coming in.
How does he do it?
Rob Wolchek thinks he knows how he does it, because he's been watching the man behind the eBay store for weeks. After you see what he's been doing Wolchek doesn't think you'll be on the fence about what's going on.
Producer's note: To look at photos from the recovered memory card in Kelly's camera that she did not shoot, open the photo gallery below. A contact email is listed with them if you recognize anyone in the pictures and would like the original copy.
Kelly is a professional photographer who donates a lot of her time to helping others.
Wolchek: "You do a lot of charity work in your photography right?"
"Yes and I help out seniors from low income families who can't afford senior pictures," Kelly said.
Kelly is a nice lady who was shooting photos at a charity hockey game a couple of months ago in Detroit. After the game, Kelly and some of the players stopped at a bar to have a drink.
"We were having a good time until we walked out the door," she said.
She walked out the door and saw that their car windows were broken out. Dave played in the charity game and still has a broken window. What he and the others don't have is the stuff they had in their cars.
"The only thing they stole of mine was my iPad," Dave said, "They stole everything of hers."
Kelly's cameras were gone.
"I spent about $3,000 to $4,000 dollars on all the equipment."
"She came out to take pictures of us, so I felt really bad," Dave said.
Kelly filed a police report and then started looking everywhere for her stolen cameras. And, she found them.
Sure enough, there on an eBay page from a seller claiming to be in Lakewood, Ohio and there is her Nikon. At least it sure looks like hers.
"I bought my camera back," Kelly said. "(For) $489."
The seller was a guy calling himself Alex, but he'd changed his name several times from Aloushzking to Alex to iTech Solutions. But when Kelly got the package from the eBay seller, it said his name was Ali Yassine.
The return address was from Dearborn, Michigan. Kelly told the cops. But she says they didn't do anything so she called The Hall of Shame.
When Wolchek met with Kelly she proved this was her camera. Not only did the serial numbers match, she showed him the hockey pictures she took the night her camera was stolen!
And right after her photos is a short video made by who Wolchek guesses are the guys who stole her camera. They sit in a Yukon Denali checking out their latest score.
It made Kelly mad to see this video and even more mad as more of her camera equipment popped up on eBay.
"I keep seeing my stuff online over and over again and I feel like there's nothing I can do but buy it back," she said.
Sure enough, this is the exact model of Kelly's stolen speed light, a flash unit Kelly still has the box and receipt for. And it's on the Aloushzking eBay store page.
So, Wolchek shells out $200 to buy it. A week later it arrives from guess who? Ali N. Yassine of Dearborn.
Wolchek opens the package in front of Kelly. Now, he reads the serial number off the speed light while Kelly looks at the number on her original box.
"Yes," she said.
Wolchek: "Look at that."
Kelly has a friend buy another of her cameras and that turns out to be hers as well. Once again, the return address? Dearborn and Mr. Ali N. Yassine.
So, Wolchek starts watching Ali N. Yassine. The guy spends a lot of time doing nothing and goes to Home Depot and Lowe's a lot. And sometimes goes to a gas station in a run-down section of Detroit. Ironically, Ali always parks his vehicle for hours whenever he's there so he can keep an eye on it - even if it blocks a pump. I guess Ali doesn't want his car to get broken into.
Meanwhile Wolchek also tracked down where the video found on Kelly's Nikon was shot. It is here on Canfield Street in Detroit.
Wolchek recreated the shot on the video from the front seat of his news vehicle. This is the place and this even looks like the Denali the bad guys were sitting in. Not surprisingly, there are no plates.
So how did Kelly's camera equipment get from this place to Ali Yassine's eBay page? And if you're wondering if indeed it's Ali running the eBay page. Take a look at this horn for sale, that reflection sure looks like Ali.
Where's a guy who occasionally works at a gas station get tens of thousands of dollars of electronic and music equipment to sell? Wolchek thinks he may know.
One day Ali drives up to the teller at a Comerica bank. Then, he meets up with one of four people in a car parked for a quick getaway at a Marathon station on Wyoming. After five minutes, the guy from
the Dodge gets out of Ali's vehicle and gets back in his car with his crew. They all speed off in a hurry.
What happened? Well, it looks like Ali's got himself a computer and it looks like this guy's got himself some cash.
Ali then meets up with another guy in a car behind a church parking lot on Livernois. Here's Ali going into the post office, the same one all of the stolen items were sent from. It looks like Ali sold a tablet. Wolchek thinks it's pretty clear Ali's got a nice little business going. Time for Wolchek to do his business.
Wolchek: "Hi Ali how you doing?"
"I'm Rob Wolchek from FOX 2."
Ali's got a door he's bringing back to Home Depot. He's going to wish he could use that door to escape in a minute.
"I need to ask you a little about your eBay store, you know, Aloushzking? You know that store where you sell the electronic stuff?"
Ali Yassine: "OK."
Wolchek: "Where do you get all those electronics from?"
Yassine: "Oh, I uh buy them,"
Wolchek: "Who you buying them from?"
Wolchek shows Ali the speed light of Kelly's he bought from the eBay site.
Wolchek: "This is stolen, did you know this was stolen?"
"Absolutely not," Yassine said. "How would I know?"
Wolchek: "Who are you getting the stuff from?"
Yassine: "Uh, people."
Wolchek: "Why don't you want to talk to me?"
"No," Yassine said.
Wolchek: "Why not?"
Yassine: "Because you're accusing me of something."
Wolchek: "I'm not accusing you of anything I'm asking you questions. You got a whole bunch of electronics from. Where do you get them from?"
"All over," Yassine said. "I buy stuff online, I buy stuff from Craigslist, I buy stuff all over the place. What's wrong?"
Wolchek: "What's wrong is this is stolen."
He tells Ali we know it's stolen because it was ripped off out of Kelly's car - along with her cameras.
"I work at a gas station," Yassine said. "A person walked in with a camera and I purchased it. He told me it was his."
Wolchek: "You weren't suspicious, I know where the gas station is, it's over on Tireman. Kind of a bad part of town right?"
"I asked him," Yassine said. "He said it's his personal camera."
Oh yeah. Take a look at the neighborhood around the gas station.
"He's just a guy who walks into a store and wants to sell something," Yassine said. "He didn't look like a crack head or anything. He looked like a normal person."
Wolchek: "Do normal people walk into the store all the time and say 'Hey I've got this high-tech camera equipment, you want to buy it - guy at the gas station?"
"Every once in a while," Yassine said.
What about those meetings at other gas stations we caught Ali at?
Wolchek: "You don't meet up with guys at gas stations?"
"Sometimes people I know through the station call me and tell me I have a phone I need to buy. I verify that."
Wolchek: "Here's a trumpet you were selling and it's got your (reflection in the picture). I know it's you. Where'd you get the trumpet from?"
"A person called me and said they have a trumpet for sale," Yassine said.
Wolchek: "So you're the guy who's well known as the guy who buys stuff that could or could not be stolen."
"Especially in Detroit," Yassine said. "They bring the craziest, weirdest stuff."
Wolchek: "It never struck you that some of that stuff could be stolen?"
"He looks normal and he tells you that this is his personal property and 'I want to sell it ...'"
Wolchek: "Why would they want to sell it to you? Why not the pawn shop or something?"
Yassine: “How am I supposed to know, I don't know."
Hey Ali: "You're in the Hhhhalll of Shame!"
Ali Yassine has taken down all of his items from the eBay page the day after he was confronted. He called Wolchek saying he feels bad and wants to pay Kelly back. She said she wants him prosecuted.