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Police identify suspects in five Walmart thefts

By: Tim Johnston Email
By: Tim Johnston Email

A Kentucky man and woman are believed to be behind multiple thefts at roughly five Central Kentucky Walmart stores, including two in Lexington. The pair have not been arrested but investigators have put names to the faces caught on camera.

Three weeks ago, WKYT aired the surveillance video from the Winchester Walmart, and soon police began receiving some much needed tips.

"We started receiving calls the next day," said Winchester Police Captain James Hall, "pretty much every call we got was consistent and gave us the same information (on the suspects)."

Investigators say the man is 36-year-old Hobert Buttery and the woman is 24-year-old Amanda Rader, both are from Jackson County and are being connected to the five thefts. In all, the pair is accused of stealing more than $10,000 in items.

On New Year's Eve, the pair are accused of targeting a Walmart in Richmond and two in Lexington, that same night. That night it's reported that several rifle scopes and a magnetic key were taken.

The couple is also accused of taking electronics from the Nicholasville Walmart, a week later.

Two days later, the pair were caught on camera in Winchester sliding electronic items, like iPads, under the fence in the Outdoor Living section and into the parking lot. The two then drove up to the side of the store, loaded the items, and drove away.

The two suspects have prior arrests, including some charges of theft, and are believed to be on the run in either Jackson, Clay, or Laurel County.

"There's obviously people that know who they are," stated Captain Hall, "hopefully somebody will see this report and make a call again."

Police say they have warrants out for Buttery and Rader's arrest.

The two have been spotted on camera using a tan Chevrolet S10 Blazer, as well as, a dark colored, full sized Chevrolet pickup.

Investigators ask for your help, again, in finding these two suspects. You can call the Winchester Police with details.

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