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POLICE: Alleged Jefferson Mall shoplifter took requests

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Ronald Murrell (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Ronald Murrell (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)
Kimberly Starks (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Kimberly Starks (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Looking for some new threads? Police say they've arrested a shoplifter who was taking requests.

It happened at the Jefferson Mall on Thursday. Police say they were called to the mall after 29-year-old Kim Starks and 48-year-old Ronald Murrell were repeatedly seen walking out of the mall with a "large amount" of property that had not been bagged.

At one point, while the pair was in the Childrens' Place, they noticed they were being watched by security and immediately left the mall, according to arrest reports.

But police were already waiting outside, and watched the suspects get into a 2005 blue Hyundai and drive away.

Police say they stopped the car for speeding -- they were allegedly doing 45 mph in a 35 mph zone -- and for failing to use a turn signal.

As police approached the vehicle, they allegedly detected the "strong odor of marijuana." Officers allegedly found two bags of marijuana, $627 in cash and a "large amount" of merchandise that was not tagged. Police say that merchandise included $2,753 worth of clothes.

Police say both Starks and Murrell admitted that the merchandise was stolen. According to an arrest report, Murrell "kept spontaneously uttering that all the stuff in the car was stolen and that he is responsible for it all and that he will go before a judge and say he is guilty."

Police allegedly found tools for removing security tags from merchandise, as well as a "foil-lined bag for stealing merchandise."

But that's not all they say they found. According to police, officers searched Starks' cell phone and found "several conversations where individuals are asking subject to get them certain types of clothes and certain brands of merchandise."

Police say that phone was ringing "constantly" while they were stopped.

Murrell was charged with speeding, theft by unlawful taking, receipt of stolen property, trafficking in marijuana, tampering with physical evidence and violating a Kentucky EPO/DVO.

Starks was charged with receipt of stolen property and trafficking in marijuana.

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