Corbin man's wallet stolen after buying engagement ring

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

CORBIN, Ky. (WYMT) - It was supposed to be a memorable day. A man went to buy his girlfriend an engagement ring, but instead, ended up the victim of a crime.

David Powell says someone stole his wallet and money at the Corbin Walmart.

The theft was caught on tape.

Now Laurel County Sheriff's Deputies need your help finding this Valentine's Day bandit.

On Valentine's Day, David Powell bought his girlfriend an engagement ring, and then bought her some other items at the Corbin Walmart.

"As soon as I got home, I went to put my wallet by the door, as soon as I walked in, I noticed it was gone," Powell said.

He went back to Walmart but it was too late. The wallet was gone.

Surveillance video shows Powell leaving it at the checkout and then the man behind him in line picking it up.

"The video clearly shows him putting it into his pocket, so he knew he was doing wrong," said Deputy Gilbert Acciardo, Laurel County Sheriff's Department.

Powell says the wallet had nearly $800 in it.

"It's kind of sad because a lot of that was my income tax money for my daughters. I was going to buy them new bedroom suites. If anybody can help, I'd like to get my wallet back," Powell said.

The Laurel County Sheriff's Department hopes someone in the public can identify the suspect. Investigators believe he got into a black Toyota pick-up truck in the parking lot.

"That was a crime of opportunity, it sure is. It was definitely the wrong thing to do. It's a theft no different than stealing from anybody. He should have given it to management," said Deputy Acciardo.

Anyone who recognizes the suspect or knows him should call the Laurel County Sheriff's Department at 606-864-6600. All tips can remain anonymous.

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