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Boyd County deputies arrest six 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 Walmart stores in exchange for cash.

According to a report by Sgt. J. Delaney, deputies responded to the Cannonsburg, Kentucky, Walmart on Thursday for a report of fraudulent returns of televisions to the store.

Officers realized that six people had been working together to make multiple fraudulent returns of televisions at the Walmart 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.

According to Boyd County Sheriff Bobby Woods, deputies spotted the suspect vehicle at a local motel.

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 being lodged in the Boyd County Detention Center.