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Store owners arrested for trying to avenge burglary

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The store is located at 1802 W. Oak Street. The store is located at 1802 W. Oak Street.
Ahmad Mohammed during his February 11 arraignment. Ahmad Mohammed during his February 11 arraignment.
Hazma Aburub during his February 11 arraignment. Hazma Aburub during his February 11 arraignment.
Donavan Cantrell (Source: LMDC) Donavan Cantrell (Source: LMDC)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Was it vigilante justice? A pair of Louisville business owners are behind bars but they say they were only trying to get back what was rightfully theirs.

We know what one of the business owners said happened: someone broke into his store and stole all his stuff. In front of a judge Tuesday, he appeared confounded as to why he was the one answering to charges.

"My business closed because somebody broke in and I'm here because of this reason," said Ahmad Mohammed. "It was on the news where somebody broke into my store and stole everything and it's up to me, I'm here. It just doesn't make sense to me."

Mohammed and Hazma Aburub own a cell phone store in the 1800 block of West Oak Street in Louisville. If that store sounds familiar, it's because it was the subject of a previous WAVE 3 News story.

[RELATED STORY: 3 charged with $80K burglary of cell phone store]

Police say Donavan Cantrell admitted to breaking into that store late on January 26 with two juveniles and stealing $80,000 worth of merchandise, basically wiping the store out. Two days later, police said Mohammed and Aburub dragged Cantrell into the store duct taped him to a chair and demanded to know where the stolen stuff was.

Another police report says on that same day the two went to Cantrell's home on Robinhood Lane, forced their way in, pointed a gun at Cantrell and a juvenile, hit them and demanded their stolen merchandise back.  Police say they left with an iPad and two iPhones. 

Cantrell called police about Mohammed and Aburub and was arrested himself for the store break-in. He's charged with burglary in the third degree. 

Mohammed and Aburub face even more serious charges: first degree burglary and kidnapping for what police say they did to try to get the stolen items back.

Both originally agreed to an interview with WAVE 3 News but that has yet to happen.

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