Adult siblings charged in Laurel County shoplifting scheme

A brother and sister team have been charged with perpetrating a shoplifting scheme in Laurel County.

The Laurel County sheriff's office said in a news release that Larry L. Cochran, 32, of East Bernstadt found a discarded receipt outside a Wal-Mart store and then went inside and shoplifted the item on the receipt.

Cochran's sister, Peggy L. Cochran, 36, of London, then took the stolen merchandise and receipt into the store and "got her money back," according to the news release.

The sheriff's office was called to the store Tuesday morning to investigate and found that Peggy Cochran had brought her three children, ages 3, 11 and 13, to the store with her, keeping the older children out of school.

She was arrested and charged with theft by unlawful taking (shoplifting), endangering the welfare of a minor and receiving stolen property under $500.

She was taken to the Laurel County Detention Center, and the sheriff's office called social services regarding her children.

Larry L. Cochran was charged with theft by unlawful taking (shoplifting) and some traffic offenses related to a van parked in the store's parking lot.