Partridge man arrested following shoplifting suspicions
Published 11:52 am Friday, August 30, 2019
A man from Partridge, who was allegedly caught shoplifting with a female by a loss prevention officer at Walmart, was arrested recently leading to the discovery of a car that had allegedly been stolen from Whitesburg.
Gregory Smith, 37, was arrested by Harlan City Police Department officers Travis Freeman and Anthony Jenkins on Aug. 26.
According to Freeman’s citation, Harlan PD received a complaint of the accused trespassing at Walmart by loss prevention officer Brad Lawson, who began following Smith and the female. Lawson allegedly observed the couple opening products and placing the items into the female’s purse.
The officers were notified that the couple fled the scene in a red Ford Focus, which Freeman was able to locate in the Taco Bell parking lot.
As Freeman entered the parking lot, the subjects exited the vehicle, with Smith allegedly running behind the building away from police. The officers were able to catch Smith and detain him, according to the citation.
Freeman said Smith had constricted pupils and had advised the officers that he had smoked marijuana not long before his arrest. After running the vehicle’s tags and VIN, the car turned up as stolen from an individual in Whitesburg.
The female could not be located at the time of Smith’s arrest, but Freeman said they know who the woman is and are in the process of obtaining a warrant for her arrest.
Smith was charged with second-degree criminal trespassing, theft by unlawful taking (under $500), public intoxication of controlled substance (excluding alcohol), unauthorized use of motor vehicle and first-degree fleeing/evading police (on foot).
Smith was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $10,000 full-cash bond, with 10 percent bail credit.
In other police activity:
• Tonia Hill, 46, of Cumberland, was arrested by Cumberland Police Department officers on Aug. 23. She was charged with first-degree possession of controlled substance (methamphetamine; second offense), three counts failure to appear and first-degree promoting contraband. She was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on two full-cash bonds totaling $6,000;
• Elza Day, 31, of Wallins, was arrested by Harlan County Sheriff’s Department deputies on Aug. 25. He was charged with receiving stolen property (under $10,000). He was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center with no bond set;
• Thomas Lester, 42, of Dayhoit, was arrested by Kentucky State Police troopers on Aug. 26. He was charged with non-payment of court costs/fees/fines, public intoxication of controlled substance (excluding alcohol), menacing, resisting arrest, fourth-degree assault (domestic violence; minor injury), first-degree unlawful imprisonment and second-degree possession of controlled substance (anabolic steroid). He was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a pay-or-stay bond of $198;
• Paul Wynn, 27, of Lexington, was arrested by Kentucky State Police troopers on Aug. 26. He was charged with first-degree fleeing/evading police (on foot), resisting arrest, third-degree criminal mischief and three counts failure to appear. He was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $10,500 full-cash bond, 10 percent with bail credit;
• Carolyn Middleton, 43, of Cawood, was arrested by Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement officers on Aug. 26. She was charged with first-degree fleeing/evading police (motor vehicle), first-degree wanton endangerment (police officer), operating on suspended/revoked operator’s license (DUI), reckless driving, speeding (26 mph over limit), first-degree wanton endangerment and non-payment of court costs/fees/fines. She was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a full-cash bond of $5,000 and a pay-or-stay bond of $868;
• Bentley Griffith, 28, of Evarts, was arrested by Harlan County Sheriff’s Department deputies on Aug. 26. He was charged with flagrant non-support and was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on an unsecured bond of $1,000.