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Boyd deputies arrest 6 in local theft ring

April 20, 2019 GMT

The Herald-Dispatch

CATLETTSBURG, Ky. — The Boyd County Sheriff’s Department on Thursday uncovered a six-person theft ring that was fraudulently returning broken televisions to area Wal-Mart stores in exchange for cash.

According to a report by Sgt. J. Delaney, deputies responded to the Cannonsburg, Kentucky, Wal-Mart on Thursday for a report of fradulent returns of televisions to the store.

Officers realized that six people had been working together to make multiple fraudulent returns of televisions at the Wal-Mart stores in South Point, Ohio; Ashland and Cannonsburg, Kentucky.

The six are accused of returning older, non-working TVs in new TV boxes in an attempt to deceive store workers and receive cash for the broken TVs.

Deputies seized a trailer filled with broken TVs the suspects were going to use in the retail crime spree, according to the report.

Arrested were Amber Gibson, 28, of Covington, Kentucky; Theresa Townsend, 40, of Covington, Kentucky; Daryl Bueter, 36, of Falmouth, Kentucky; Donnie Curtis, 53, of Covington, Kentucky; Michael Hunt, 21, of Covington, Kentucky; and Beverly Crawford, 37, of Falmouth, Kentucky.

All were charged with theft by deception over $500, and engaging in organized crime/criminal syndicate (retail theft).

The six individuals are all being lodged in the Boyd County Detention Center.