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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  • by swmpratt Location: ky on Jul 30, 2008 at 06:10 PM
    gez prices are so high i dont blame them at least meal's are free in jail (.)y(.)
  • by Barry Location: floyd county on Jul 30, 2008 at 08:11 AM
    More scum off the street!
  • by Jeb Location: KY on Jul 30, 2008 at 05:55 AM
    Zatoichi, you crack me up! True, what's easier; a job or life in jail? Maybe she'll need one of those Geico celebrities to help her tell her side of the story.
  • by Zatoichi Location: Richmond on Jul 30, 2008 at 04:46 AM
    Wonder if she finds it easier to be in jail on track to ruin her life than to work? Life comes at you fast don't be in jail as it goes by.
  • by Me! Location: Ky on Jul 30, 2008 at 04:37 AM
    Such a pretty girl.....too bad her actions have made her so ugly. I bet her parents are so proud. "Way to go daughter, all our hard work of raising you has been paid back to us!"
  • by Zach Location: lexington on Jul 30, 2008 at 03:20 AM
    you know it sucks that you have to shoplift but it is really sad when you do it with your kid(s) with you. You are a mom you should be showing this child right from wrong. April it's time to grow up and act your age and not your IQ.
  • by hey Location: g-town on Jul 30, 2008 at 03:17 AM
    well this really is bad. oh well April Grondine you are hot


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