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.

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Bobbi McSwine joined the ABC 36 News Team in March 2020. She started as a Web Content Producer in November 2019. She was born and raised in Chicago, IL, known to many as the “Windy City.” She studied journalism at the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign. While in school, she had a number of internships ranging from Free Spirit Media, ABC 7 Chicago and Illinois Public Media. She fell in love with writing in high school and paired that with a newfound passion for storytelling in college. She misses her hometown, but she loves the horses and rich history in Lexington. When she’s not working, she’s probably listening to music or binge-watching Netflix. She’s always looking to get to know more people in Central Kentucky, so feel free to shoot her a message on Facebook @BobbiWTVQ, follow her on Twitter @McSwineB_News, or send her an email at bmcswine@wtvq.com.