Employee Accused of Stealing More than $200,000 in Inventory From Shop HQ

By Melissa Warren | 

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- After noticing several items had gone missing at Shop HQ in Bowling Green, the company contacted police.
What they eventually found was evidence that $200,000 worth of jewelry was allegedly stolen by employee Paul Osborne, despite the use of metal detectors.

"We were able to observe the subject taking a lanyard he uses for his work ID and bending down behind a trash can and he made a motion our detectives deemed appeared he was wrapping something up. Once he stood back up, he took the lanyard and set it on his desk, and they were able to determine the jewelry was on the lanyard," said Bowling Green Police Public Information Officer Ronnie Ward.

On Mar. 11, when Shop HQ staff noticed the suspicious activity on surveillance, they called police in for help immediately.

"They instructed security personnel to take the lanyard from him when he passed through security, and he was able to get the lanyard back from them, but we were able to intervene, and when we intervened, he had the jewelry on the lanyard," said Officer Ward.

Officer ward says Osborne has no previous record of theft. He is currently being held in the Warren County Regional Jail on a $10,000 bond. We attempted to contact Shop HQ for comment, but our calls were not returned.

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