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Four indicted for thefts involving local Kroger

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Those involved have prior theft records

Four people are facing theft charges after an alleged crime involving Kroger gift cards.

Heather M. Penn, 24, of Lexington; Victoria B. Wylie, 21, of Nicholasville; and Karla M. Wilson, 39, and Shawn K. Bowery, 38, both of Glasgow, were indicted Wednesday on complicity to first-degree unlawful access to a computer and complicity to theft by unlawful taking or disposition.

According to the indictments, the group is accused of using gift cards to purchase other credit cards from Kroger for the purpose of obtaining money, property or services. The alleged act occurred on Jan. 5.

All four are scheduled to be arraigned in court March 3. Wylie’s bond is expected to be determined at arraignment.  

Penn, Wilson and Bowery’s bail was set at $50,000 cash, plus condition. All three are also charged as first-degree persistent felony offenders with theft-related criminal histories.

Penn was previously convicted of complicity to second-degree burglary and first-degree trafficking in controlled substances. Wilson was previously convicted of theft by deception and second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument. Bowery was previously convicted of theft by deception and shoplifting, according to the indictments.