POLICE: Four arrested in crime ring that cost Home Depot $21,000
Police say the suspects stole merchandise, returned it for gift cards, then sold the gift cards for cash.
Wednesday, February 18th 2015, 9:46 AM EST
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Police say they've arrested four people who were involved in an organized crime ring, stealing tens of thousands of dollars from Home Depot.
According to multiple arrest reports, 30-year-old Cecil L. Stewart, 30-year-old Carly J. Smith, 30-year-old Eric Grindell and 23-year-old Rebecca Beckett were arrested Tuesday evening near the interchange between I-65 northbound and KY Route 1065.
Police say they stopped a red 1997 Ford Explorer driven by Grindell after it failed to come to a complete stop at a stop sign. Police also say they had just seen the vehicle leave a Home Depot store at the corner of Preston Highway and Blue Lick Road.
According to arrest reports, Grindell admitted to participating in "an ongoing scheme" in which he would enter Home Depot stores and steal merchandise, then return it for gift cards that are then sold for cash to local pawn shops.
Police say Stewart, Smith and Beckett were all involved in the scheme, and that between the four of them, they had sold approximately $21,000 of gift cards in recent months.
All four suspects were arrested and charged with engaging in organized crime, theft by unlawful taking, receipt of stolen property.
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