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Harlan County man arrested on theft charges

On Monday, deputies with the Harlan County Sheriff’s Office arrested Oscar Whitehead, 39, of Harlan.

Deputies were investigating a complaint on Whitehead and arrested him on two outstanding warrants. One warrant was for failure to appear on a Harlan County Circuit Court case for theft by unlawful taking, theft by deception, persistent felony offender II and probation violation. The additional warrant was for non-payment of fines on a Harlan County District Court case.

Whitehead was also served with a summons on an additional theft charge.

After further investigation, an additional arrest warrant was obtained for theft by deception and was served on Tuesday.

The investigation revealed Whitehead had gone throughout the county claiming to be selling doughnuts for a local school. He collected money from several people throughout the county, knowing they would not receive the doughnuts. He had also been charged with two doughnut scams in Harlan County.

There is an additional investigation being conducted in Bell County on a similar doughnut scam.

The case remains under investigation by the Harlan County Sheriff’s Office. Any additional victims are encouraged to contact the sheriff’s office.

The sheriff’s office also encourages you to contact law enforcement if you are suspicious of a solicitor.