Organized crime ring thwarted

Five Knox County individuals were arrested Oct. 14 at the Corbin Walmart for organized crime. According to a Laurel County news release, Ella Bowman, of Gray, had allegedly been caught stealing merchandise from the store and making several trips in and out of Walmart to a green colored vehicle in the parking lot.

Bowman (with the help of four others) was apparently shoplifting items inside Walmart, bringing them to the vehicle and re-bagging them into new Walmart bags (from a stack of new bags found in the vehicle). Those items were then taken back inside the store, where they were returned in exchange for gift cards.

Some of the individuals in the vehicle gave false names to deputies in an attempt to avoid arrest on outstanding warrants. The five individuals arrested included Ella Bowman, age 52, Gray, charged with theft by unlawful taking – shoplifting; giving officer false name or address; and engaging in organized crime. Bowman was also wanted on a Whitley County bench warrant for failure to appear in court on another shoplifting charge.

Tammy Davidson, age 47, of Barbourville, was charged with receiving stolen property and engaging in organized crime. Davidson was also charged on a Knox County bench warrant for failure to appear in court over a domestic violence charge.

Also arrested was Emily Collins, age 23, of Bimble. Collins was charged with theft by unlawful taking – shoplifting; receiving stolen property; and engaging in organized crime.

Burchel Hubbard, age 65, of Trosper was charged with receiving stolen property and engaging in organized crime.

The fifth suspect was identified as Jeremy Davidson, age 26, of Bimble. Davidson was also charged with receiving stolen property; theft by unlawful taking – shoplifting; and engaging in organized crime. In addition, Davidson was charged on a Knox County bench warrant for failure to appear in drug court on drug charges.

The car involved was impounded.

All five individuals were lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.