Kentucky police charge 5 Illinois woman in shoplifting plot

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ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (AP) – Authorities in Hardin County have charged five Illinois woman in a $25,000 shoplifting scheme they say stretches from Illinois to Georgia.

News outlets report each woman is charged with offenses including engaging in organized crime.

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Elizabethtown police say the women were arrested early Tuesday after two of them stole more than $1,500 worth of items from a local Kroger.

Police say a security guard tried to stop the women, who then fled into an awaiting van that had a temporary Illinois license plate. The van was stopped nearby and officers say it was filled with stolen merchandise.