LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Clarksville Police say they've arrested three people in connection with a multi-state theft ring involving Lowe's Home Improvement stores.

Police arrested 43-year-old Edward Roberts, 22-year-old James Michael McDowell and 36-year-old Michael Edward McDowell and charged them with theft and forgery. The three men are responsible for the theft of $50,000 to $80,000 of stolen merchandise.

Detective Joel DeMoss says the three men just didn't want to pay for their home improvements.

"These guys are good," DeMoss said. "They're in and out and really good about things."

"Nobody has been able to catch them before," he added.

Roberts and James and Michael McDowell are accused of stealing more than $80,000 in expensive tool kits from Lowe's. Surveillance images captured the scheme. One man can be seen going into the store, and checking out.

DeMoss says he then gets a receipt and, "gives it to an accomplice, who walks back into Lowe's and walks back out with another article and the receipt in hand, where he'd kind of look like he'd purchased it."

Police say the trio would return the stolen item and then pawn the one that had a receipt. Then they'd simply repeat the process over and over.

"You're talking everyday, 3-5 stores a day," DeMoss said.

Almost every Lowe's between Lexington and Louisville has been hit since Nov. 1. Police say the group hit the Clarksville store three times last week and went to every Lowe's in Louisville again on Monday -- but when the guys came back to Clarksville the next day, police were ready for them.

"We were there within minutes," DeMoss said.

Police say all three of the suspects are related and that they'd drive in from Clay City, Kentucky, a few hours away. After the arrest, police say they found the address to all the local Lowe's in the favorites of their GPS.

"They admitted that they did have a drug issue and this is why they were doing it," DeMoss said.

Detective DeMoss says, at first, one of the suspects was chatty and confessed to the whole scheme.

"I felt like he was one of the most honest criminals I've ever spoken to in my life," he said.

Now they're exercising their right to remain silent...in the Clark County jail.

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