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Suspected serial shoplifter accused of stealing more than $200,000 worth of items from Ky. stores

Published: Nov. 15, 2021 at 11:53 AM EST
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GEORGETOWN, Ky. (WKYT) - Police made a big arrest in Georgetown over the weekend.

Police caught a suspected serial shoplifter believed to have stolen more than $200,000 worth of merchandise.

Officers arrested 36-year-old Michael Reid at the Georgetown Kohl’s on Saturday. Police say when they arrived, Reid was heading out the door with a jewelry display case in hand. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Police say they found jewelry and the lock to another display case inside Reid’s vehicle.

Reid is also suspected of hitting Kohl’s stores in Lexington, Richmond and Louisville. Employees at the Georgetown store told police they saw a man stealing who matched the description of a shoplifting suspect targeting other Kohl’s stores in the area.

Police are commending Kohl’s loss prevention teams for their collective effort.

“They had an email chain going back and forth, and that was a really great job with the loss prevention people to be on their toes and recognize this person, call us so quickly, and for us to be able to respond,” said Darin Allgood, Georgetown assistant police chief.

Georgetown police are also taking this moment to remind people to protect their belongings this holiday season.

“Just keep your vehicles locked, not only at businesses but at your house as well,” Allgood said. “If you have a lot of gifts, conceal it where it’s not left out in the open. Just take away that opportunity from the would-be thief.”

Reid is charged with theft by unlawful taking more than $10,000 and possession of burglary tools.

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