A Thornton man has been sentenced to one year in prison for his role in stealing items from the Whitesburg Walmart in December.
Ricky Collins, 39, 79 Goldenrod Road, pleaded guilty in Letcher Circuit Court to complicity to theft by unlawful taking of more than $500. As part of the agreement, Collins must pay $130 in court costs and $1,000 in restitution. Collins will receive 89 days jail credit.
Collins was one of four persons charged with taking $1,000 worth of merchandise from Walmart 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 at the rear of the store and is secured by a chain-link 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 out to the lawn and garden section and gave the items to Derrick Collins, 29, of Whitesburg, who threw the items over the gate to Ricky Collins around 7:21 p.m. on Dec. 18. Ricky Collins allegedly placed the items into a 1989 Ford Ranger pickup truck.
Fields said the 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.