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Local teacher featured on TruTV series 'Caught Red-Handed'

Nov. 27, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- A local teacher is getting some time in the spotlight appearing on the TruTV show "Caught Red Handed," that airs at 10 p.m. Tuesdays.

Tyson Smith, 33 of Kenova, appears on all eight episodes of the show's first season.

"It was a cool experience seeing different parts of the U.S.," he said. "It was filmed in New York, New Jersey, Florida and California. It was crazy using the microphones, video cameras and having cameramen following for 16 hours a day."

According to the show's website (www.trutv.com/shows/caught-red-handed/index.html), "Caught Red Handed" follows a team of undercover store detectives as they help large stores hunt down the boldest and most cunning shoplifting suspects. In a tense game of cat and mouse, brazen would-be thieves try to outwit security officers in stores across America. But will they get away with it? Covert surveillance, big takedowns and crazy excuses are all in a day's work for the store detectives.

Smith, who graduated from Ceredo-Kenova High School and Marshall University, is a special education teacher at Spring Valley High School. He is a former Kenova police officer and owned a security company. Smith has also worked has a loss prevention officer off and on, primarily during the holiday season, at Kmart.

In addition to his law enforcement background, Smith wrestles professionally and is a National Wrestling Alliance world champion.

"It is a very interesting show and concept," said Smith, who is married with three children. "It shows footage of brazen shoplifters, dumb criminals, big takedowns and fighting. All around, it's a fun show."

A rerun of a prior show runs immediately following each new episode.