LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- LMPD says it has broken up an enormous theft ring in Louisville involving dozens of crooks.
Police say the crimes were all committed because of a drug that is exploding in our area.
A grand jury has indicted 70 defendants as part of an investigation that began last fall.
The suspects are accused of working in groups to steal merchandise from retailers across Louisville including places like Home Depot, Target, Walmart, and Kohl's.
Police say the suspects would then return the stolen goods to the stores in exchange for gift cards.
They would then cash-in those cards at either Action Loan or Easy Cash, owned by Gus Goldsmith and his son Blake.
You may remember Gus as the man who donated $50,000 to the fund to find the killer of Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis.
When WDRB tried to talk to Goldsmith about this case in June, he refused to comment and referred inquiries to his attorney.
Investigators say all of the suspects were using the money they got to support their heroin addictions.
The charges include theft and criminal syndication. All together, the thefts involve more than $100,000.
And the case may be far from over -- Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Stacy Greive says they've identified more than one hundred other suspects who are doing the same thing.
Those indictments are expected soon.
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