LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – 70 people were scheduled to be arraigned in Jefferson Circuit Court Monday in connection with a huge theft ring in Jefferson County.
The theft ring accounts for close to $100,000 in stolen goods according to an investigation that began last fall.
Police say the suspects would walk into stores like Lowes on Dixie Highway and steal items, placing them under their clothes and walk out the door. The individuals would then come back later and return those stolen items for gift cards.
The gift cards would then be sold to pawn shops for cash.
Police believe heroin addictions were a major motive for the crimes. There are so many suspects, that the Commonwealth Attorney’s Economic Crime Unit has several prosecutors on the case.
They say some of the individuals involved worked in groups and others didn’t have any association with each other.
Even with the staggering number of people indicted in the investigation, police say there are more arrests to come.
Some of the defendants could face up to 20 years in prison if they’re convicted.