CANNONSBURG , Ky. (KT) – Six people have been arrested as part of an alleged theft and fraud crime ring returning broken televisions to multiple Walmarts in northeastern Kentucky.
Deputies with the Boyd County Sheriff's Department responded Thursday to the Cannonsburg Walmart after reports of fraudulent returns made at the store.
Deputies investigated and discovered six individuals were allegedly working together to make multiple fraudulent returns of televisions at Walmart locations in South Point, Ohio, Ashland and Cannonsburg.
Amber Gibson, 28, of Covington, Theresa Townsend, 40, of Covington, Daryl Bueter, 36, of Falmouth, Donnie Curtis, 53, of Covington, Michael Hunt, 21, of Covington, and Beverly Crawford, 37, of Falmouth were arrested as suspects in the investigation. The suspects are accused of returning older non-working televisions in new television boxes in an attempt to deceive Wal-Mart employees and receive cash for the broken televisions. The mug shot of Bueter was unavailable.
Deputies discovered a utility trailer filled with broken televisions that the suspects were allegedly using to commit the fraud. Deputies seized the property as part of the investigation.
All suspects were lodged at the Boyd County Detention Center without incident and charged with theft by deception and engaging in organized crime. Hunt was additionally booked on failure to appear charges and giving an officer false information.
The Boyd County Sheriff's Department were assisted in the investigation by Kentucky State Police, the Carter County Sheriff's Department, Ashland Police Department, and Catlettsburg Police Department.