LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A Louisville couple has been arrested as part of an ongoing investigation into organized retail theft.
According to arrest reports, Rocky W. Beechum, 35, and Angel Beechum, 34, both of Louisville, were arrested early October 12 at the Red Carpet Inn on Hurstbourne Parkway.
Louisville Metro Police say the Beechums and at least five others have been stealing merchandise from retail stores, then returning the items for gift cards. The Beechums would take the gift cards to ATM Gift Card Exchange, Action Loan and Easy Cash Cards and sell them for cash.
The arrest warrant says Rocky Beechum gave police a taped statement admitting to the scheme. Metro police say the Beechums and their co-defendants have sold more than $6,000 in gift cards.
During a search of the hotel room, police said they recovered stolen merchandise and found two syringes they believe were filled with heroin. A substance thought to marijuana was also found.
Both have been charged with engaging in organized crime, theft by unlawful taking, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
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