Laurel Sheriff’s Deputy Shawn Jackson and Sgt. Brett Reeves arrested Earnest McIntyre, 51, of Gray, Monday night at approximately 11 p.m. at the Corbin Walmart after Walmart’s loss prevention team phoned Laurel Dispatch that they had observed a male subject in the store using a knife to open merchandise and conceal it in his coat.
When deputies arrived at the scene they saw him hiding watches and other items in his jacket. When deputies confronted the suspect to place him under arrest, the subject jerked away and refused to cooperate.
During the investigation, deputies recovered numerous stolen items concealed in the jacket pockets and sleeves to include 20-30 watches, markers, coloring books, sunglasses and other items with a total value of over $474. Also, deputies determined he was under the influence.
McIntyre told deputies he intended to sell the stolen merchandise to pay his bills. He was charged with theft by unlawful taking, shoplifting; public intoxication by controlled substances, and resisting arrest.
Also arrested was Tiffany Gray, 20 of Gray. She, too, was charged with shoplifting. When confronted by deputies, Gray said she had items hidden in her clothes. Deputies recovered several markers and a thermal shirt, all concealed in her pockets and on her person. She told the officers she was stealing to pay her bills.
Reeves and Gray were both lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center. Assisting on the investigation was Detective Josh Scott.