Suspects accused of trying to return broken TVs at local Walmarts

From left to right and top to bottom: Donnie Curtis, Michael Hunt, Beverly Crawford, Amber Gibson, Theresa Townsend and Daryl Bueter
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BOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Six people have been arrested, accused of being involved in a theft ring that involved trying to take old, non-working TVs in new boxes to Walmart for cash.

The Boyd County Sheriff's Office arrested Donnie Curtis, Michael Hunt, Beverly Crawford, Amber Gibson, Theresa Townsend and Daryl Bueter on charges of theft and engaging in an organized crime/criminal syndicate for retail theft.

Curtis, Hunt, Gibson and Townsand all are from Covington, Kentucky. Crawford and Bueter are from Falmouth, Kentucky, which is just south of Covington.

Deputies say the six are accused of attempting to deceive Wal-Mart locations in South Point, Ohio as well as Ashland and Cannonsburg, Kentucky, by taking TV's that didn't work back in new boxes, in an effort to receive cash on the return.

Deputies say they found a utility trailer full of broken TVs the suspects were going to use on the crime spree.

All were taken to the Boyd County Detention Center.

Loyal Cannonsburg Walmart shoppers say it's infuriating the workers there had to spend part of their shifts dealing with that.

"If you're willing to work that hard with a broken TV, there are lots of places around here that are hiring," shopper James Stephens said. "Walmart is one of them."

"I know several who work here," Cannonsburg resident Becky Sager said. "They're all good people. That's just ethically wrong."