Police say nearly $1,000 worth of merchandise was stolen from Walmart in Whitesburg after items were thrown over a fence from the lawn and garden section to a man standing in the parking lot. The lawn and garden section is located outside the Walmart store and is secured by a fence.
Whitesburg Police Sgt. Tyrone Fields said Jennifer Lee, 26, of 79 Goldenrod Drive, Thornton, and Lora Collins, 36, of 80 Scenic Drive, Whitesburg, took items in a shopping cart to the lawn and garden section on Saturday. Fields said the women gave the items to Derrick Collins, 29, of Whitesburg, who threw the items over the gate to Ricky Collins, 39, of 79 Goldenrod Drive, Thornton, around 7:21 p.m. on Dec. 18. Ricky Collins allegedly placed the items into a 1989 Ford Ranger extended cab maroon pickup truck.
Fields said stolen items included tools, a television, DVDs, video games and other small items. He said it appears the items were mostly taken from the electronic and hardware departments.
Fields reviewed the shoplifting incident on a video recording and was able to identify those seen on the tape.
According to court documents, the four people hid inside the house at 79 Goldenrod Drive, Thornton, when police arrived to question them. They were arrested at 11:15 p.m., and each of the four was charged with theft by unlawful taking/shoplifting and conspiracy theft by unlawful taking/shoplifting. They remain in the Letcher County Jail.
Bond for Derrick Collins and Ricky Collins is set at $10,000 cash. Bond for Lora Collins and Lee is set at $5,000 cash.
Preliminary hearings are scheduled for 10 a.m. on Dec. 28 in Letcher District Court.