February 10, 2014

Uncle, nephew charged with shoplifting

By Nita Johnson
Staff Writer


A shoplifting attempt became a family affair at the Corbin Walmart store in southern Laurel County on Tuesday.

The Loss Prevention team at the store detained 28-year-old Jack Harrell of Jenny Lane in Corbin and his 15-year-old nephew around 5:30 p.m. after they were observed trying to steal from the store.

Harrell was reportedly attempting to take unpaid merchandise from the store while the juvenile was trying to exchange merchandise that had been purchased with an EBT card for cash. The male juvenile was cited for shoplifting by Laurel County Sheriff’s Senior Sgt. Greg Poynter ad Deputy Robbie Grimes and released to his mother. He is set for a court date in the Laurel juvenile court.

Harrell was arrested and charged with theft by unlawful taking - shoplifting. Deputies also determined Harrell was under the influence, so he was additionally charged with public intoxication of a controlled substance.