LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Dozens of people accused of taking part in an elaborate theft ring appeared in Jefferson County Circuit Court Monday.
Throughout the day, each of the 70 suspects went before judges to answer to charges ranging from theft by unlawful taking over $500 to complicity and criminal syndication theft by unlawful taking over $10,000.
Summoned in groups, the suspects and their attorneys packed into nine different division court rooms. One by one, attorneys entered not guilty pleas for those present. Others, made judges aware of their difficulties in locating suspects that did not show up for arraignment.
More than 70 people now stand charged with everything from theft by unlawful taking over $500 to criminal syndication theft by unlawful taking over $10,000.
The diverse group of suspects are accused of taking part in a theft ring that involved returning shoplifted merchandise for gift cards. Those gift cards would then be sold for a profit, often to support drug habits.
Prosecutors did not wish to talk about the case, as investigators have said more charges could soon be filed against 100 more people. Those accused also opted out of speaking with WAVE 3 News.
Suspects arraigned through Division 6 on Monday will return for a pretrial conference on Thursday, October 25 at 1:30 p.m. A pretrial conference is set for Wednesday, October 30 at 1 p.m. for suspects arraigned through Division 5 Monday.
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