Kentucky woman in custody

By | July 31, 2007 12:00 am

Jody Sliger
Detective Steve Rhitz, Rockwood Police Department, has arrested a Louisville, Ky., woman for performing a ‘confidence trick’ on cashiers at Wal-Mart stores across the state, including the Sparta Supercenter.
Lakeda Cain is in custody in Roane County Jail, and according to Investigator Harold Blankenship, she has a ‘hold’ placed on her from at least two other law enforcement agencies, including Sparta Police Department.
According to Blankenship, at approximately 3:47 p.m., July 24, 2007, Patrolman Tony Copeland responded to Wal-Mart about to a theft. Employees from the store’s loss prevention department advised Copeland three people had come to one of the registers on the 23rd, and while two stayed back from the check-out lane, Cain, who police described as a ‘quick change artist,’ reportedly gave the clerk money. And while they were making change, she would distract them, then claim she gave them a larger bill, she would get more change in return.
According to Rhitz, a list of 14 Wal-Mart stores Cain had allegedly already hit was inside the 2007 Hummer she and the two males were in.
Investigators from Roane County are coordinating efforts with law enforcement departments in Knoxville and Athens, as well as Sparta. Blankenship said the case is still under investigation.
Cain is being held in Roane County Jail and will appear in court Aug. 20, 2007.

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