2 arrested, accused of organized crime

2 arrested, accused of organized crime

Christopher Gentry and Joshua Toops are both charged with engaging in organized crime, receiving stolen property and possession of drug paraphernalia. Gentry is facing an additional charge of theft of identity of another without consent.

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by Amy Stallings

WHAS11.com

Posted on February 21, 2014 at 8:12 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Two men are behind bars, accused of what police are calling an organized crime ring, and for one suspect this is the second time.

According to arrest reports, Christopher Gentry and Joshua Toops were arrested with $1,500 of stolen items from Elizabethtown retail stores.

Police said the men would steal items from stores like Lowe's, Home Depot and Best Buy, and return them the same day for a refund.

Officers moved in and arrested the men when they said another person tried to return some of the items to Home Depot.

Apparently, police recognized Gentry who was involved in a gift card scam back in September. Police said Gentry would steal items from stores and return them for gift cards, then he would sell the gift cards to pawn shops.

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Gentry and Toops are both charged with engaging in organized crime, receiving stolen property and possession of drug paraphernalia. Gentry is facing an additional charge of theft of identity of another without consent.

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