UPDATE: 2nd Suspect Arrested in November Kohl’s Robbery

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Shaun Smith
Shaun Smith (Photo Courtesy: Madison Co. Detention Center)

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Madison Co. Sheriff says the second suspect in a “shoplifting-turned-robbery” in early November has been arrested.

The Sheriff says Shaun Smith, 35, was arrested Wednesday on Hager Drive.

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Smith, along with Helen Lucas, 43, are accused of shoplifting from the Kohl’s in Hamburg back on November 5th.  Investigators say when employees tried to stop Lucas in the parking lot, she became combative, and Smith threatened employees with a knife.

The Madison Co. Sheriff says just the day before, on November 4th, Lucas and Smith committed virtually the same crime at the Belk’s in Richmond, with Lucas shoplifting items from the store, and Smith brandishing a weapon when they were approached by loss prevention.

Both Lucas and Smith have been charged with robbery.

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12/20/16 4:04 p.m.

Warrants issued for Suspects in “Shoplifting-Turned-Robbery”

Police in Lexington have issued warrants for two people wanted in connection to a robbery that took place at the Kohl’s department store in Hamburg in early November.

Officers say they were called to the store at around 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 5th, when loss prevention employees told them that the suspects came into the store and began putting clothing and other merchandise into the woman’s purse.  When employees tried to stop the woman in the parking lot, they say she became combative, and the man pulled a knife and threatened to cut employees.

Officers say the two suspects then drove away in a red passenger car.

On Tuesday, warrants were obtained for 35-year-old Shaun Smith of Richmond for robbery.  43-year-old Helen Lucas has also been charged with robbery.  She is currently in the Madison County Detention Center on unrelated charges.

Helen Lucas
Helen Lucas (Photo Courtesy: Madison Co. Detention Center)

A photo of Smith was not immediately available, however, a bystander captured a portion of the incident on cell phone, which can be viewed here.

Anyone with information on Smith’s whereabouts is asked to contact their local police department.

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12/9/16 10:18

LPD Looking for Suspects in “Shoplifting-Turned-Robbery”

Police in Lexington are looking for help from the public in identifying a man and a woman they say stole merchandise from the Kohl’s store on Pavilion Way in what they’re calling a shoplifting-turned-robbery.

Officers say they were called to the store at around 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 5th, when loss prevention employees told them that the suspects came into the store and began putting clothing and other merchandise into the woman’s purse.  When employees tried to stop the woman in the parking lot, they say she became combative, and the man pulled a knife and threatened to cut employees.

Officers say the two suspects then drove away in a red passenger car.

A bystander captured a portion of the incident on cell phone, which can be viewed here.

The woman is described as having red hair with blonde highlights, standing about 5’6″ tall, and weighing 130 pounds.

Anyone who can identify the individuals, or has information on the incident is asked to call the Lexington Police Department at (859) 258-3600.