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POLICE: Suspects blame jewelry thefts on bad economy

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Kristen Welch (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Kristen Welch (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)
Geoffrey Scott (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Geoffrey Scott (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police say two suspects who were caught stealing jewelry from Louisville area Kohl's stores told officers they were forced to commit the crimes by the bad economy.

According to arrest reports, 29-year-old Geoffrey Scott and 28-year-old Kristen Welch committed the jewelry thefts on Thursday and Friday.

Police say that on Thursday just after 8 p.m., the pair entered the Kohl's department store near Westport Road and the Gene Snyder Freeway, and stole $4,120 worth of merchandise.

The next day, Scott and Welch allegedly walked into the Kohl's on Bardstown Road, just south of the Gene Snyder Freeway, and took $3,100 worth of jewelry.

They later went back to the Kohl's near Westport Road -- the one they had visited the previous day -- and concealed $2,939 worth of jewelry, according to police.

Officers say this time, police were ready for them.

Welch and Scott were arrested, and police say all of the thefts were captured on surveillance video.

When confronted about their alleged crimes, police say Scott and Welch blamed the economy, telling them that, "times were bad and they had lost their jobs."

Police say they recovered a total of $7,060 of stolen merchandise in their car.

Both suspects are charged with multiple counts of theft.

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