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Two Whitley County men charged in connection to theft of "Shop With a Cop" jar

By: Matthew Rand Email
By: Matthew Rand Email
The wife of one of the men says she "can

David Humphrey & Cody Mullis

WHITLEY COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Jailed for the holidays: two Whitley County men face charges in a theft case.

Police say 19-year-old David Humphrey swiped a donation jar for the children's charity "Shop With a Cop" and then 23-year-old Cody Mullis drove the getaway car.

Sheriff Colan Harrell says they made off with about 70 dollars before deputies caught them.

He says both men came to the Express gas station in Goldbug at around 7 p.m. Sunday.

Humphrey went inside to buy cigarettes, grabbed the money jar, and ran out the door.

"Well it's just a sad state that someone would steal items that's marked for the needy. It's a terrible thing," he said.

The sheriff says Humphrey got back into the car with Mullis, who then drove off at a high rate of speed.

Mullis's wife, Ashley Scarberry, says money is tight, but that does not explain Humphrey's actions.

"He's a good kid. He never gets in trouble," she said. "I mean my husband is a good person. The only thing he's ever been in trouble for is traffic tickets. I don't know, I couldn't imagine what got a hold of them."

Scarberry says her own kids went with shop with a cop three years ago, and her husband would never go along with stealing from others.

"I just apologize for it, and I think he's paying for what he done. He's missing Christmas with his family, and he's in jail and he won't be out for a while," she said.

Scarberry says she hopes both men use this time behind bars to learn their lesson.

Deputies charged David Humphrey with theft by unlawful taking and public intoxication and Cody Mullis with wanton endangerment and operating a vehicle on a suspended or revoked license.

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