Michigan Man Arrested on Alleged Theft Charges
By West Kentucky Star Staff
PADUCAH - A Michigan man was arrested on a warrant charging him with felony theft.

According to the Paducah Police, they were contacted by an employee of a local pharmacy after three young men came into the store and used multiple credit/debit cards to buy gift cards.  She thought it was suspicious that they used several different cards to pay, and copied down their Michigan license number of the car they left in.

On July 4, officers were called to Michael's after an employee reported a similar situation, three young men attempted to purchase gift cards with a visa debit card that had no money on it.  After the gift cards were activated, they fled with the cards as well as several other items.

After an investigation the Paducah Police determined the three were the same three who made the previous purchases at the pharmacy.  They identified one as the owner of the car of which the pharmacy employee had provided the license plate number to.

A warrant was obtained charging that man, Darren D. Johnson Jr of Pontiac, Michigan, with felony theft.  Authorities in Pontiac arrested him Saturday and he is jailed there, awaiting extradition to Kentucky.  Paducah Police have not yet identified the two other men that were with him.

Anyone with information about their identities is asked to call the Paducah Police Department at 270-444-8550. Information may also be provided anonymously through West Kentucky Crime Stoppers by texting WKY and your tip to 847411 or by downloading the 'WKY Crime Stoppers' app from an app store.

Published 08:00 PM, Tuesday Jul. 09, 2019
Updated 04:07 PM, Tuesday Jul. 09, 2019

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