Police say suspects admitted returning stolen goods for cash
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police say they have arrested a man and woman responsible for stealing thousands of dollars in items from local stores, then returning the merchandise for gift cards.
Angela Anderson, 33, and Christopher Hiser, 35 -- who share a residence in New Albany -- were arrested around 5 p.m. May 30 after police were called to the Home Depot in the 6800 block of Dixie Highway.
According to the arrest report, that's where loss prevention officers say they stopped Anderson as she headed past cashiers and toward the exit with "merchandise concealed in her purse."
Police say Anderson admitted to the theft and also confessed to stealing over $10,000 worth of items from other stores, including Target, Lowe's and other retailers. She allegedly told police she would return the stolen items for store credit in the form of a gift card, which she would then sell for a percentage of their cash value.
Police say Anderson told them Hiser, whom she described as her boyfriend, sometimes helped her carry out the thefts and returns, along with other people.
Hiser was also arrested, and police say a check of his pawn records at Action Loan revealed he had sold gift cards worth approximately $2,000 to Easy Cash Pawn (also known as Action Cards) within the past week.
Both Hiser and Anderson face charges of theft by unlawful taking and organized crime. Anderson is also charged with possession of a forged instrument because police say the ID she was carrying had been altered.
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