By Michael R. Moser
A total of four persons have been arrested in connection with the theft of thousands of dollars worth of merchandise that employers claim the workers stole from them, according to police reports.
The first report — just released this week — stems from an April investigation that resulted in the arrest of three Lowe's employees who company officials claim stole more than $18,000 worth of merchandise. In the second incident, a Walmart employee was accused of stealing more than $1,000 worth of merchandise.
Crossville Police Maj. Mark Rosser reported he was called to the Lowe's store on N. Main St. April 19 at which time he arrested Jordan Page Hymers, 21, 113 Iron Horse, Apt. 102, James Dean Young, 21, 459 Lige Rd., and Michael Todd Carroll, 26, 852 E. First St. Hymers and Young were charged with theft of more than $10,000 and Carroll with theft of more than $1,000.
According to the report, for five weeks prior to April 19, Hymers and Young schemed to find someone willing to load up power equipment into a shopping cart and then take the cart fo Hymers' checkout in the lawn and garden center. There, items would be deactivated so they could pass through a security system, but the items were never run through the register or paid for.
In a statement to police, Hymers told investigators this took place about 20 times for about $1,000 worth of items.
On April 19, Carroll was sent into the store and loaded $1,017.38 worth of merchandise in a shopping cart and passed through Hymers' checkout, stopping to only pay for three soft drinks. The items were then wheeled into the parking lot and placed in a white van occupied by Young, Rosser wrote in his report.
The vehicle exited the Lowe's parking lot and was stopped by Sgt. John Wirey moments later, with a chainsaw, weed trimmer and hedge trimmer recovered.
The second incident was reported at Walmart and resulted in the arrest of Derrick James Pugh, 34, 124 Kidwell Lane, who was charged with theft of more than $1,000, according to Ptl. Elizabeth Henshaw's report.
Police were dispatched to Walmart on May 3 at which time loss prevention employees told the officer that Pugh, an employee, had taken eight Apple iPods, two Nano iPods and several more items from the electronics department.
Pugh reportedly supplied police with a voluntary statement.