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Murfreesboro Pleads Guilty in Shoplifting Ring Case


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (MTN) – Murfreesboro man, James Adkins has pled guilty to a multi-state fraudulent bar code shoplifting ring charge.


Adkins, 36, plead guilty on January 17, 2020 to one-count of criminal stimulation between $60,000 and $250,000. He received a sentence of prison time served along with 10 years of probation and a seizure of all assets. Charges against Adkin’s wife 29-year-old Taylor Melvin, who was arrested and charged locally for Theft and Criminal Simulation have been dropped.


Adkins was accused of operating The 7 Towers, an online eBay business, out of a Murfreesboro home owned by Melvin. The home was also used as a distribution center. Detectives served a warrant on the home December 13, 2019. They confiscated more than 6,600 toys, action figures and Lego sets valued between $300,000 and $400,000. A lot of the items were purchased using fraudulent Universal Product Codes (UPC), according to detectives.


Melvin was originally implicated in the fraudulent case, but due to her cooperation with investigators, and Adkins’s guilty plea, the charges against her were dropped.

Adkins still faces Theft of Property charges in Lincoln County Tennessee, Madison, Alabama, and Dalton, Georgia.

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