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Children left home alone while couple goes shoplifting

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Crystal A. Herthel (Source: LMDC) Crystal A. Herthel (Source: LMDC)
Kurt Sheets (Source: LMDC) Kurt Sheets (Source: LMDC)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Louisville Metro Police have charged a couple with leaving their children home alone while they went to a store to shoplift.

Around 7:20 p.m. July 7, police said Crystal A. HDC) 33, of Louisville, walked out of the Preston Highway Meijer with merchandise she had not paid for. The arrest report says Herthel had a receipt in her hand as if she had paid for the items, valued at $556.57, and placed them in the truck of her car.

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During questioning, Herthel admitted to stealing the merchandise and said that her boyfriend, Kurt Sheets, 35, helped her select the items.

According to police, Sheets and Herthel walked into and out of the store separately. Officers also said each gave conflicting statements about why they were at the store.

Police also learned the pair had left their children, ages 10, 4 and four months, at home while they went out to commit the theft.

Both Herthel and Sheets were arrested for shoplifting. According to officers, the two had a total of $34 in cash on them.

Police said Herthel had previously been arrested for shoplifting from an Indiana Meijer store.

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