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Police identify man accused of pulling knife on T.J. Maxx employee in Lexington

Thief walks out wearing clothes he took from Lexington T.J. Maxx.

A loss-prevention employee let a thief walk out Sept. 17 wearing the pants, shirt and belt he took from T.J. Maxx on Lowry Lane. He had a knife.
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A loss-prevention employee let a thief walk out Sept. 17 wearing the pants, shirt and belt he took from T.J. Maxx on Lowry Lane. He had a knife.

Police say they have identified a suspect who is accused of pulling a knife on a store employee during a shoplifting incident at a Lexington T.J. Maxx in September. 

James A. Oakley Jr., 35, of Nicholasville is wanted on a charge of first-degree robbery, according to Lexington police. 

On Sept. 17, police were called to the T.J. Maxx on West Lowry Lane for a report of a robbery. A loss-prevention employee at the store told investigators that a man had walked out of the store wearing pants, a belt and a shirt he hadn’t purchased, according to police. 

When the loss-prevention worker had approached the man, he allegedly pulled a knife from his pocket and threatened the employee before leaving the store, according to police. 

Anyone with information about the case or about Oakley’s whereabouts is asked to call Lexington police at 859-258-3600.

Anonymous tips, including photos and videos, can be submitted by texting LEXPD plus the tip to 274637. Information can also be sent anonymously through Bluegrass Crime Stoppers at 859-253-2020 or Bluegrasscrimestoppers.com.

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