KANSAS CITY, MO. —Police say it probably started with a few items to give to friends and family members.
The embezzlement from the docks of a Kansas City Target store ballooned into a huge enterprise, investigators say, with more than $300,000 in inventory stashed in several locations in different cities — each site like a mini-store of its own.
Kansas City police raided five houses and one storage unit Thursday as part of their investigation into a woman in her 40s or 50s who worked at Target in Ward Parkway Shopping Center. Officers arrested her and four others who they say helped her haul away and peddle the stolen goods. No charges were filed Friday.
Police Sgt. Brad Lemon described investigators as "buried in paperwork" and hoping to get a case file to prosecutors this week.
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One of the raided locations was the woman's former home near 86th Street and Wornall Road in Kansas City. Another location was a farmhouse about an hour's drive away, near Clinton, Mo.
—Kansas City Star