A week after undercover agents raided a Lexington store, we have learned why they were there. NEWSFIRST has a copy of the search warrant filed in District Court this week.
The business, Malais Computer in the 1300 blk of N. Limestone near E. New Circle Rd. had boxed of computer parts and other equipment seized last Thursday during that raid.
The search warrant claims the owner of Malais Computer has been operating an illegal pawn shop out of the building. Detectives stated the owner, Christopher Malais, did not obtain a license for operating a pawn shop and that an informant told police he was buying or providing pawn loans on power equipment, jewelry, cameras, and other electronic equipment.
It goes on to say, he was purchasing gold from customers, then melting that gold in front of the customers so that the items cannot be identified as stolen.
Christopher Malais referred us to his attorney, Derek G. Gordon, for comment. Gordon released this statement in regards to the allegations against his client.
"My client denies any wrong doing. He is not running a pawn shop and he has never melted down gold to disguise stolen property," Gordon said.
Lexington Police say at this time they cannot offer further comment. The Public Information Officer tells WKYT the investigation is lengthy and on-going.
Malais and his business partner, Clarence Adams, have been cited for violating the city's Pawn Ordinance. Police have not ruled out additional charges.