Boone County deputies on Thursday arrested a trio of men accused of stealing six cars from Boone County communities, robbing others and using the money inside to go shopping at the Tri-County Mall.
Deputies said one suspect, 18-year-old Jermaine Brown, tied himself to the crime by using a victim’s credit card at Footlocker but linking the purchase to his own Footlocker rewards account.
Brown, 21-year-old Paul Allen and 19-year-old Matthew Rivera-Fernandez each face multiple felony theft charges.
Brown, who also used two victims’ checkbooks to write himself checks for a total of $1,565, has been charged with two counts of forgery.
According to police, the suspects targeted unlocked vehicles in Walton and Union, Kentucky, starting Feb. 18. If a vehicle had been left unlocked in a street or driveway, they would take money — and in one case a firearm — from inside. If it also had keys inside, they stole it.
All three confessed to detectives upon their arrest, deputies wrote in a news release.