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Traffic stop leads to arrests of alleged shoplifters

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Items taken from Wal-Mart valued at more than $1,600

CANNELTON – A traffic stop May 13 in Cannelton led to the recovery of more than $1,600 in property stolen from a local store, police said. Cannelton Patrolman Micah Jackson stopped Chevrolet Blazer at the Golden Years Center for an alleged traffic infraction. During the stop Jackson noticed a large number of items in the vehicle that had the tags still on them.

Jackson contacted the Tell City Police Department and officers reviewed camera footage from the Tell City Wal-Mart and allegedly observed people placing multiple items into carts that bypassed checkout lanes and were pushed outside the store.

A passenger in the Blazer, Louis E. Mullen of Cannelton was arrested and charged with theft and possession of synthetic marijuana, Jackson said.

The driver of the Blazer, Nathan A. McKinney of Tell City was charged with assisting a criminal and for operating a vehicle without ever having been licensed. Another passenger, Donny L. Jones, of Owensboro, Ky., faces charges of possession of stolen property and possession of drug paraphernalia. According to Jackson, two juveniles were also arrested and charged with theft.

Tell City Patrolmen Phillip Flamion and Jason Shadwick assisted, as did Cannelton Patrolman Patrick Brown.