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Two women arrested on theft, drug charges

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Traffic stop leads to discovery of items believed to be stolen from mall

By Jeff D'Alessio

What started as a traffic stop when their vehicle was spotted without the license plate illuminated turned into much more. Two Campbellsville women were charged with stealing items Thursday from Victoria’s Secret and Aeropostale at Towne Mall as well as possession of drugs.

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Elizabethtown police stopped a 1998 Honda driven by Victoria Cox, 24, when police noticed the license plate wasn’t illuminated. When police began talking to Cox, she became uneasy and “leaned back behind the seat and started moving rapidly.”

When officers searched the vehicle with its canine unit, the presence of drug odor was detected and suboxene and clonazepam were found in the vehicle as well as numerous clothing items with tags but not in shopping bags and without receipts. A purse was found “that was altered,” according to the report, and inside it was a Victoria’s Secret shirt with a tag on it.

The police report also claims Cox admitted to stealing multiple items from both stores with a value estimated at $700.

Stacy Spencer, 25, a passenger in the vehicle also was charged. Police found a pill bottle for burrenorphin that had been filled earlier Thursday but was missing five pills. Spencer said she gave the pills to Cox, who admitted that she had. Police also found 11 clonezepam pills in the vehicle.

Both women are lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center on $5,000 cash bonds.

Cox is charged with receiving stolen property more than $500, but less than $10,000, a Class D felony punishable by up to five years in prison.

Spencer also is charged with receiving stolen property as well as second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, a Class D felony, and third-degree possession of a controlled substance, a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in prison.

Spencer is scheduled to appear at 9 a.m. Friday in Hardin District Court. No court date has been set for Cox.

Jeff D’Alessio can be reached at 270-505-1757 or jdalessio@thenewsenterprise.com.