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Mesa Police bust motels furnished with stolen goods

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Milivoje 'Mike' Djordejvich Milivoje 'Mike' Djordejvich

Owners of some Mesa motels and apartments are in big trouble, accused of stealing furniture from stores and homes, and using that furniture to furnish their units.

The sign in front of the Colonade Motel in Mesa boasts rooms have a 'free kitchen.' In fact police say the motel owners were using stolen refrigerators, microwaves, TVs and more to furnish this motel and others throughout the valley.

Police say they sometimes rented out rooms in exchange for the stolen goods, taken from Home Depot, construction sites, even homes.

"As far as any stolen merchandise I haven't seen it myself."

This man, who didn't want to give us his name, has been staying down the street at the miles motel for a year. Police say it's owned by the same people. They searched both motels Thursday morning.

"They actually knocked on the door, asked if they could enter. Looked on the patio, looked through the apartment we had, they didn't find any appliances in there."

The owners, Milivoje 'Mike' Djordejvich and his wife, Mili "Mary" Djordejvich, along with their two sons, Bojan and Goran, were arrested on a 32-count felony indictment that included trafficking stolen property and solicitation of a burglar.

Thursday's bust was part of a bigger operation called Operation Mainline. It's what police are doing to clean up Main Street between Higley and Power Road, an area they claim has historically high crime rates -- like drugs, prostitution and property crimes.

The county attorneys' office put liens on both motels, meaning they can still operate them but the owners can't sell them. Investigators say the couple owns 10 to 15 apartments, hotels and motels throughout the valley.

"Like I said as far as I'm concerned we didn't see anything, they didn't find anything in our place, but kind of a shocker."

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