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Sheriff: Cold checks used to buy carpet, mattresses

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Anthony Ayers, Linda Sizemore, Melissa Hill (source: Laurel County Sheriff) Anthony Ayers, Linda Sizemore, Melissa Hill (source: Laurel County Sheriff)
Carpet and furniture recovered Carpet and furniture recovered
Victims loading recovered items in truck Victims loading recovered items in truck

LAUREL COUNTY, KY (WAVE) – Sheriffs arrested a couple after cold checks were used to purchase household items.

Sheriff John Root said they received a complaint of a theft at 5:10 p.m. Tuesday. The witnesses said they saw a silver Dodge pickup traveling northbound on U.S. 25.

Police said the vehicle tried to get away, but was stopped a short distance away.

39-year-old Anthony Ayers and 35-year-old Linda Sizemore were both charged and taken into custody.

An investigation determined the couple had written cold checks to at least two businesses. They purchased items such as a mattresses, lumber, carpet and furniture and sold the items to a woman on Keve Lane for cash. The checks the couple were allegedly writing were from a closed account.

They are both charged with theft by deception, cold checks under $10,000 and forgery. Ayers is also being charged on 24 outstanding bench warrants. Sizemore is being charged with three outstanding bench warrants.

As the investigation continued, police arrested 55-year-old Melissa Hill, the owner of the mobile home on Keve Lane, and charged her with receiving stolen property under $10,000.
All of the stolen property has been recovered. All three are being lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

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