Woman allegedly involved in Laurel County shoplifting gang arrested

Deputies in southern Kentucky have arrested a woman they say is part of a gang of shoplifters in Laurel County.

After numerous tips from the public, police were able to track down Cynthia Mullins, 45, of London. She was arrested Wednesday afternoon and charged with two felony warrants for theft by unlawful taking.

They say Mullins was part of a group of people stealing from WalMart and Dollar General stores in the area.

"This lady comes in with her two teenage sons and two children. We really think she comes in with the gang because it distracts the employees," says Deputy Gilbert Acciardo.

Deputies tell us the gang was stealing large amounts of diapers, baby formula and other items. They believe the items were being re-sold for profit.

"We're wondering if she is going to a flea market or some place like that and selling it. It's obvious by the quantity that she is stealing that she's not keeping it just for herself," adds Acciardo.

In the surveillance video, it appears the gang was loading items in the shopping carts, tucked away in purses and under clothing.

"Social services will be involved. There will be lots more charges besides shoplifting charges as a result of the children being involved also," Acciardo says.

Mullins is listed in the Laurel County Detention Center.

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