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Police Bust Three-County Shoplifting Spree

By: Andy Cunningham Email
By: Andy Cunningham Email

Police in a Central Kentucky community say they are onto a group of sticky fingered thieves.

Cynthiana Police already arrested one woman for shoplifting from Walmart. Three others are wanted and investigators believe the women may have hit stores in Georgetown and Paris, as well.

"It's been going on for a while," said Cpl. Walter Tapp of the Cynthiana Police Department. "They come into the store, literally shovel DVDs, CDs and video games into a backpack and then discard the cases in the bathroom, and leave."

It wasn't until one of the suspects, April Grondine, 21, of Georgetown was caught on camera, were police able to bust her.

"Eventually she just admitted to it, and said it was easier to steal then to work," Tapp said.

Grondine was arrested and charged with two counts of felony shoplifting as well as two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument because she had altered her driver's license, police believe to throw them off.

"She basically deliberately made us do more work to connect her to the crimes by altering her license," said Tapp.

In all, police recovered $1,500 dollars in stolen merchandise.

April Grondine bonded out of jail and police have issued warrants for the other three people wanted in the case, including a 16-year-old girl, but so far they have not been arrested.

Police in all three cities are investigating and say they are trying to connect this group to a similar rash of thefts at other big box retailers in Central Kentucky.


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