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March 20, 2012

National crime trend shows up in Clarksville

Louisville man arrested for stealing Tide, Gain laundry detergent

CLARKSVILLE — A national crime trend is showing up in Southern Indiana.

Louisville resident Ricky McCoy, 45, was arrested for theft and resisting law enforcement after police said he tried to steal more than $250 worth of laundry detergent and bath tissue from Kroger on East Lewis and Clark Parkway in Clarksville.

Clarksville Police Chief Mark Palmer said he has heard about the growing trend of stealing household commodities and reselling them on the streets in other parts of the nation. He said he hasn’t noticed a trend starting in Clarksville.

“It is an easy commodity to get rid of and probably isn’t very traceable,” said Clark County Sheriff’s Department Maj. Chuck Adams.

“Hopefully it is not going to be a growing epidemic,” Palmer said. “The best thing you can do is get the communication out there on it, so that people will keep their eyes open for it and call us when they see it happening.”

According to the police report, McCoy was seen March 16 in Kroger loading up on detergent and bath tissue by the store’s loss prevention staff member Shanon Grant. Grant said in a statement to police that he witnessed McCoy take bottles of Tide and Gain laundry detergent, valued at $19.99 and $17.99 each, and cover them up with two large items of bath tissue in his cart prior to exiting the store. Once confronted, Grant said McCoy ran with the cart.

Police caught up with McCoy and arrested him in the Clarksville Branch Library parking lot, where they discovered nine bottles of Tide, two bottles of Gain and two packages of Charmin bath tissue, each valued at $19.99. According to the police report, McCoy admitted to stealing the items from Kroger.

Court records show McCoy has been charged with a class D felony and faces six month to three years in jail. He has bonded out of jail.

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