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Louisville man accused of killing Kroger employee facing new charges

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A man accused of murdering an employee of the Kroger in St. Matthews is facing new charges, according to an arrest warrant.

Police say Aaron L. Cross, age 18, was working as a Kroger cashier and bagger between Oct. 24 and Dec. 17, when he manually keyed in fraudulent discount codes to receive purchase discounts.

Police say Cross would select merchandise, and then either he or an accomplice would bring it to the register, ring it up and enter the discount code, "significantly reducing the amount of the purchase price."

Kroger lost a total of $566 because of Cross' actions, an arrest warrant states.

Cross' alleged crimes were discovered after an internal audit was conducted, and video surveillance records were examined.

Police say another store employee was questioned and admitted to police that Cross and his accomplice had been using this method to fraudulently obtain merchandise from the store.

Cross has been charged with theft in connection with that incident. The charge was filed on Monday, Jan. 13.

Cross was already in jail, accused of the November murder of Jack Combs, an employee of the St. Matthews Kroger.

Officers arrested Cross Friday evening, said St. Matthews Ofc. Dennis McDonald. Cross is charged with murder and first degree robbery.

Police said in a news conference late Friday they believe robbery was the motive in that case.

"The investigation began to point more and more in his direction and we recently recovered evidence that ties him to the case," McDonald said.

Cross was a co-worker of Combs at the store, police said. They believe Cross finished his work shift and returned to the store to rob Combs.  St. Matthews police could not elaborate on what evidence led them to Cross.  They arrested Cross at Metro Corrections, where he was being held on separate charges from Louisville Metro Police, McDonald said. 

Metro Corrections Web site records show those charges as first degree robbery, first degree fleeing or evading police, trafficking in marijuana (more than 5 lbs.) and tampering with physical evidence.  A $75,000 cash bond was set in that separate case, the Web site records show.

A Louisville Metro Police citation for Cross shows he was arrested Jan. 9 and booked Jan. 10 for the robbery of Gilmore Liquors in the 1200 block of Gilmore Lane.  The citation says Cross displayed a gun, demanded cash, received it from a clerk and fled from the store. Cross "provided detectives with a statement admitting to his involvement in the robbery," the citation said.

The $30,000 reward offer is still active in the St. Matthews case because there could still be additional suspects to be found, McDonald said.

Combs, age 34, was found shot to death outside the Hubbards Lane Kroger store where he worked on November 23.  

"Mr. Combs left work at around 10:00, he had parked his vehicle at the rear of the grocery," McDonald said the day after the crime. "He had walked around to where his vehicle was parked. And as he approached, or actually at his vehicle, that's where he was shot."

After being shot once in the chest, police say Combs made his way back to the front of the store to seek help, but died a short time later.

Combs' family was not familiar with Aaron Cross, McDonald said.

Saturday morning, Cross appeared in arraignment court where he entered a plea of not guilty and his bond was set at $500,000.

A court date is set for Cross on Jan. 21.

Police are still looking for tips in the case. Anyone with information is asked to call (502) 893-9000.

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