A convenience store owner and a clerk were arrested Thursday after deputies said they openly displayed pornography on the store’s shelves.
Ahmad Alnobani, 25, of Winter Haven, and Anwar Alnobani, 53, of Eagle Lake, are facing charges of displaying obscene material harmful to minors. Ahmad Alnobani is facing an addtional charge of sale of obscene material to a minor.
According to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Anwar Alnobani, is the owner of the Chevron located at 558 N. Fifth Street in Eagle Lake. Ahmad Alnobani works there as a clerk.
Deputies had received a complaint about pornographic magazines like Barely Legal, Hustler and Playboy being openly displayed for sale in the store, which is within walking distance of two schools. The rack that holds the magazines is about 10 feet away from the entrance, deputies said.
Deputies say Ahmad Alnobani sold two pornographic magazines to an underage boy, who was working with deputies in the investigation.
Alnobani allegedly asked the 17-year-old boy for identification, which showed he was underage. Alnobani then told the teenager to leave the store and park his car in a space directly in front of the store so he could make sure the teen didn’t have anyone with him, deputies said.
Alnobani then offered to sell the teenager pornographic DVDs he kept behind the counter, deputies said.
Deputies said Alnobani was previously arrested in 2012 for selling alcohol to a minor.
Deputies had received a complaint that pornographic magazines like Barely Legal, Hustler and Playboy were openly displayed for sale in a rack about 10 feet away from the entrance of the store. (Polk County Sheriff's Office)