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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Three people have been charged with theft after police say they stole merchandise from several stores.
According to the arrest report, Kimberly Jo Sweazy, 41, Carl Griffin, 38, and Dustin Johnson, 27, shoplifted items from several stores in Louisville, then returned the merchandise. Since they had no receipts, the stores issued gift cards for the value of the merchandise.
Police say that Sweazy took merchandise worth more than $500 from the following stores: Home Depot, Kohls, Lowes and JC Penney. Police say she later admitted to stealing the merchandise between Oct. 24 and Dec. 21 and returning it without a receipt for a store credit in the form of gift cards.
Griffin is accused of stealing items valued at $500 from Lowes and Home Depot between Dec. 3 and Dec. 26 and returning them without a receipt for in-store credits issued on gift cards.
Johnson is accused of stealing from Walmart, Lowes, Kohls and Home Depot that exceeded $1,000 between Dec. 3 and Jan. 1 and returning it without a receipt for store credits issued on gift cards.
The arrest report indicates all three suspects sold the gift cards for less than their face value to "various pawn shops and second hand dealers." Police were able to obtain the suspects' names from pawn shop records.
According to the arrest report, Johnson sold 12 gift cards to Action Cards on Preston Hwy. for a total of $1,443.91.
Griffin and Johnson were arrested on Jan. 8; Sweazy was arrested early Jan. 9.
All three suspects are charged with theft by unlawful taking.