Man faces felony shoplifting, drug charges after police find stolen rifle scope

Thomas Drake Kemper (Source: McCracken County Sheriff's Office)

MCCRACKEN COUNTY, Ky. (KBSI) – A Marion, Ky. man faces felony charges after sheriff’s deputies say he stole a rifle scope from a gun store in Paducah.

Thomas Drake Kemper, 20, of Marion, Ky. faces felony charges of shoplifting/theft and possession of methamphetamine and promoting contraband.

An associate with Shooter’s Supply contacted the sheriff’s office about the theft of a Burris Thermal Rifle Scope that happened around 5:33 p.m. on Nov. 26.

The business reported that an unknown white male and two white females had entered the business and the male left with a $3,000 rifle scope without paying for it.

While the report was being initiated, a message was sent out to all working patrol units in the city and county to try to locate a suspect vehicle, a white Toyota Rav 4.

A matching vehicle was located by sheriff’s deputies in the line at Starbucks and once the vehicle exited the line, a traffic stop was conducted at 6:23 p.m.

Two females who were suspected on video with the male cooperated with deputies and stated that the male had told them he had bought the scope and they were unaware the scope was stolen. The scope was located in the rear passenger area of the vehicle and turned over to deputies.

During the investigation, deputies were able to determine that the male suspect was in the area of Texas Roadhouse and Academy Sports on foot. Deputies Kenny Baldwin and Zack Kimbler were able to locate the suspect and take him into custody.

The scope was later returned to Shooter’s Supply undamaged.

Once Kemper was inside the jail, jailers located a small amount of methamphetamine hidden on him, according to the McCracken County Sheriff’s Office.

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