Shoplifting suspect arrested w/ 5 kids in car

A Jonesboro Police Department patrol car. Photo by Stan Morris.

JONESBORO, Ark. – She’s accused of attempting to shoplift seafood from Hay’s but she’s also accused of trying to get away with five children in the back of her car – some not buckled in. 

Jonesboro police got the call around 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Hays Grocery Store on Gee Street. A woman, Cheryl Stafford, 49, of Jonesboro, was reported to be fleeing the scene where store employees had caught her allegedly stuffing seafood into her clothes. The staff was able to get her to drop the seafood – but she still fled the scene in a silver 2006 Pontiac G6.

GetPhoto (2).jpgJPD enters the story here, with Officer Tyler Wilson passing the suspect vehicle and turning around to follow. Wilson reported the driver then speed up to try to avoid him, before he pulled the car over at Strawn and Vine. Immediately, Wilson noticed five children were in the back of the vehicle and two weren’t buckled in.

Stafford was arrested for misdemeanor shoplifting, hazardous driving and no child safety restraint (2 charges).

The children were turned over to their mother.

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