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High-end TVs taken in shoplifting spree

Authorities say the two men in a surveillance video are thieves who've been targeting high priced items throughout central Kentucky.

"37-inch LED 3D TV. It's about an $800 TV," says Pat Melton.

Melton, the Franklin County sheriff says his deputies made an arrest after two men stole a TV from the Frankfort K-Mart. Seth Witherby was arrested this morning and charged with theft by unlawful taking. They say he and Derrick Cornish have also stolen TVs from stores in Georgetown and Lawrenceburg.

"Him and another suspect are going into the stores, going back into the TV section, putting it into a cart, walking around, removing the security bands, then they'll walk right out the door and steal the TV," says Melton.

Authorities say they didn't have to go far to find the stolen property. A Facebook tip led them to an apartment building less than a half-mile from the K-Mart.

Seth Witherby was arrested at the apartment. They're still looking for Derrick Cornish. Melton says thefts like this become more common this time of year.

"We're obviously seeing a spike right now. Times are tough and people are making poor decisions," he says.

Melton says Facebook tips like the one that led to today's arrest are invaluable to his office.

"they're helping every day. They take the eyes of 12 or 13 deputies and detectives and all of a sudden you've got several thousand eyes," he says.

Seth Witherby's brother Gabriel was also arrested at the apartment after a foot chase on charges of failure to appear, flagrant nonsupport, and fleeing and evading.


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