Two Mount Sterling men were charged with engaging in organized crime for allegedly helping a third person steal items from Rural King.
According to court records, Winchester Police officers were called to the business on Bypass Road Saturday night for a shoplifting complaint involving two men and a woman.
When officers arrived, store employees said the woman had left, but police found her lying down in the back seat of a vehicle in the parking lot. Officers also found $356 in merchandise in the vehicle, which was returned to the store.
Store employees said the three, identified as 36-year-old Jessica McIntosh, her boyfriend, 38-year-old Gary Hall, and 30-year-old Steven Miller were all cutting packages open and concealing the merchandise.
Police said Miller had a knife and cutting pliers.
According to state statute, engaging in organized crime can include two or more people collaborating to engage in a theft from a retail establishment with the intent to resell the merchandise.
Hall was charged with engaging in organized crime, theft by unlawful taking and violation of an emergency protection order or domestic violence order.
Miller was charged with engaging in organized crime and theft by unlawful taking. McIntosh was charged with theft by unlawful taking.
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