Dozens arrested in shoplifting crackdown

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More than two dozen people arrested in Shoplifting Blitz in Lexington and Nicholasville December 5-7, involving Lexington Police, Nicholasville Police and the Kentucky Organized Retail Crime Association

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – What Lexington Police call a “shoplifting blitz,” landed more than two dozen people in jail and the recovery of thousands of dollars in stolen property.

Investigators say the operation identified more than 30-people who allegedly stole from stores in the Nicholalsville Road area, including Brannon Crossing, and led to the recovery of more than $12,000 worth of stolen merchandise.

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Over just three days, beginning December 5, Lexington Police, Nicholasville Police and members of the Kentucky Organized Retail Crime Association (KYORCA) conducted a shoplifting blitz in the Nicholasville Road corridor, including Fayette Mall, Brannon Crossing and Kohl’s Drive.

Detectives worked undercover with retail loss prevention to target shoplifters in the above mentioned areas.

During the operation, 28-people were arrested, 14 were issued citations, including 30 shoplifting-related charges, four burglary-related charges, four drug-related charges and six financial crime-related charges, according to Lexington Police.



Lexington Police and the partnering agencies will continue the shoplifting crackdown throughout the holiday season.