After asking the public this week for help in finding a pair of thieves who recently stole electronics from the Russellville Walmart, the Russellville Police Department now believes the men are part of a possible ring and not based in Logan County.
On Tuesday, Dec. 29, at approximately 4 a.m., two unknown African American male subjects entered the Russellville Walmart and stole approximately 29 Apple iPads. The two male subjects then left store property with the iPads in a tan or gold Dodge or Chrysler mini-van with a sizable dent on the left side.
This incident was captured on Walmart surveillance cameras.
“Upon talking to loss prevention at Walmart, she found out a couple more stores in the are that got hit like the one here,” said RPD detective Tim Burnett. “The one in white house, Tenn., was robbed the same way on Jan. 3 and the one in Springfield, Tenn., got hit the night after ours did.”
And these weren’t the only three instances of Walmarts being robbed in that manner.
“We started hearing from other people once we put the news out,” Burnett said. “I heard from detectives from other departments that started calling in. There was some stores in West Virginina that were hit last year and a store in Sparta Tenn., that was robbed the same way. Because of that, I don’t think it’s anybody here local doing this. This is probably travelling group that is hitting all the stores.”
Burnett said he attempted to get fingerprints from the case that held the electronics, but wasn’t able to get any because the suspects were probably wearing gloves.
“Either they’ve been trained really well or they have done it themselves before,” Burnett said. “We’ve got tips coming in, we’ll see where it goes.”
Any further information concerning this incident should be reported to the Russellville Police Department.
To contact OJ Stapleton, email [email protected] or call 270-726-8394.