CORBIN — Times-Tribune Staff Reports
Lily men arrested for shoplifting
Two Villagewood Court residents were jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center for crimes allegedly committed together on the same day — but one of the pair wasn’t jailed until Wednesday.
Laurel County Sheriff John Root said Deputy Larry Parrott has arrested the two suspects following his investigation into a shoplifting complaint received from The Dollar Store on Ky 229 at Ky 1189 on Nov. 2.
Root said the two men allegedly shoplifted several items at the store, and the theft was captured on the store’s surveillance cameras.
Parrott reviewed the video and determined the two men —Terry Richardson, 27, and Eddie Wright, 45, both of Lily, had allegedly committed the thefts.
Root said that warrants were obtained for their arrest, and on Nov. 5 Parrott found Wright at his home.
He was arrested and faces charges of theft by unlawful taking property valued at less than $500. He was released Nov. 6 on a $2,500 surety bond.
Parrott then Richardson’s residence and learned he had allegedly fled to Jellico, Tenn because he knew deputies were trying to locate him.
Root said that through investigation, Parrott learned Wednesday that Richardson was allegedly may have returned to the area and was at his mother-in-law’s Villagewood Court residence.
Parrott staked out that area, and at 5:23 p.m. Wednesday, he saw the suspect leave the residence and get into the passenger seat of Dodge Infiniti.
Parrott conducted a traffic stop and without incident arrested Richardson.
He faces charges of theft by unlawful taking property valued at less than $500, as well as a Laurel County bench warrant for disorderly conduct.
He remains jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center.
Root said that Constable Tim May assisted Parrott with his original investigation.
Scammers target Laurel County
Laurel County Sheriff John Root said Sgt. E.R. Rudder continues to investigate the report of several possible related phone scams which citizens reported to the sheriff’s office Tuesday.
Root said the caller advised that those citizens had won several million dollars, as well as a new car. Those citizens were then instructed to go to a department store and purchase a green dot card, then call the scammer back.
The callers were males who spoke with a heavy accent, and gave common names, Root said.
Anyone who receives similar calls should disregard them. Citizens should block the calls if possible, and not answer calls from unknown phone numbers.
These are all instances of someone trying to steal, or con people out of their money by promising huge prizes if money is paid out to pay taxes or similar costs to process the prize, Root said.