UPDATE | Police recover $15,000 worth of purses allegedly stolen from Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass
Police say they've recovered thousands of dollars worth of purses stolen from the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police say they've recovered thousands of dollars worth of purses stolen from the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass.
According to a news release from the Taylorsville Police Department, Taylorsville Police, along with the Simpsonville Police Department and Kentucky State Police, served search warrants on Taylorsville.
During the searches, police say they found between $15,000 and $20,000 worth of purses stolen from the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass in Simpsonville.
"Through talking with security at the mall, we were able to narrow down a suspect," said Daniel Wills with the Simpsonville Police Department.
According to investigators, that suspect is Taylorsville resident Aaron Bruner. The 42-year-old man worked as a maintenance worker at the mall. Police say he had no problem getting into a storage area, where extra purses were kept.
"He was letting himself in with a key and was removing purses ... either singles or taking full boxes ... cases of purses at a time," Wills said.
Aside from Bruner's involvement, two others, Marlon Hill and Courtney Chesher, are charged with receiving stolen property. WDRB spoke with Michael Armstrong, who is neighbors with Hill and Chesher. Armstrong says they actually tried to sell him the some of the stolen purses.
"He come by with a box, said that they were real, said that he got them from drug dealing," Armstrong said.
Officials at the outlet mall released this statement to WDRB concerning the purses:
"We are aware that arrests have been made relative to the thefts at the mall. As this is an ongoing investigation we cannot issue any statements at the moment, but we are cooperating with local law enforcement."
Police say more arrests and charges are expected to come down. They believe there are still some purses at pawn shops and at a home in Shelbyville. Also, police say Bruner is a heroin addict and was trading the purses for drugs.
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