Police raided a Barbourville pawn shop; two arrested

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - Barbourville Police raided a Knox County pawn shop and arrested two people.

Police say the T & L Pawn Shop was bringing in items shoplifted from other stores and then selling them in the pawn shop.

Barbourville Police raided the T and L Pawn Shop on Wednesday night.

Police say an undercover investigation showed the pawn shop got items shoplifted from Walmart and then sold it in the pawn shop.

Police say they made controlled deliveries of merchandise to the store and led them to believe it was stolen from other stores.

"When we executed the search warrants, we did find the items in glass cases where they were offered for resale," said Det. Steve Owens.

Police arrested Lewis Gray and his nephew Michael Gray and charged them with engaging in organized crime. Both turned down our request for interviews.

"Based on the information we had, there had to have been a large amount of money that was gained through such activities," said Det. Owens.

During the raid, police seized almost $40,000 in cash and items they say were stolen from Walmart and other stores.

Police say the Barbourville Walmart suffered significant losses in the scheme.

"A large percentage of items they have losses for are the very items being sold in the pawn shop," said Det. Owens.

Walmart managers could not talk on camera but say they cooperated in the investigation.

Barbourville Police also cited the T & L Pawn Shop for violating Barbourville City Ordinances. They are in the process of taking action to shut down the pawn shop.

Jail officials say Lewis Gray was released from jail on a $25,000 property bond and is on home incarceration.

Michael Gray is being held in the Knox County Detention Center on a $25,000 bond.

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