Over the course of three days, the Richmond Police Department in a joint operation with local retail loss prevention personnel, nabbed more than 30 people committing theft and other criminal offenses.

Police officers were able to recover more than $2,000 worth of stolen merchandise and arrested 39 people over Sept. 10, 11 and 12.

One such individual was Nathan Waters, no image available, 27, of South Killarney Lane, Richmond.

Officers were stationed at the Walmart on Eastern Bypass and observed Waters on video surveillance. Waters could be seen concealing a wireless Beats bluetooth speaker into his pocket and a Red Bull into his backpack, according to his citation.

When officers and loss prevention approached him as he exited the store, Waters tossed a small piece of folded paper onto the ground to prevent its detection.

The stolen items, valued at $11.94, were recovered after escorting Waters to the loss prevention office. Waters at first denied the folded piece of paper was his or that he tossed it, but eventually admitted that it was and that it contained about three-tenths of a gram of heroin, his citation stated.

According to Waters' citation, "This is the second store during this detail where above (Waters) has shoplifted within the past two days."

Waters was booked into the Madison County Detention Center, where he remained Friday afternoon. He is charged with first-degree controlled substance possession (heroin), tampering with physical evidence and theft by unlawful taking (under $500).

Over the course of the operation, RPD worked closely with loss prevention personnel and members of the Kentucky Organized Retail Crime Association to achieve exceptional results.

"It was our mission to make an impact in our community by showing zero tolerance to shoplifting and other crimes that derive from theft," a press release from RPD said.

Twenty-four people were charged in Operation Broke Cart 2 for theft by unlawful taking under $500, four were charged with methamphetamine possession, 13 were arrested on unrelated warrants, and 24 people were arrested on drug charges.

To see the full list of charges, visit the RPD's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Richmondkypolice.

Reach Kaitlyn Brooks at 624-6608; follow her on Twitter @kaitlynsbrooks.

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