Woman's purse reported stolen at ALDI

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

JONESBORO, Ark. – A woman hoped a trip to ALDI in Jonesboro would mean saving lots of money. Instead, she lost $1,500 in cash and much more after her purse was taken.

It was reported to JPD at about 8:30 p.m. Friday night. A Jonesboro woman, 61, told police she had been shopping about an hour earlier at ALDI, 2610 S. Caraway Road in Jonesboro, and was leaving the store to load her groceries in her Honda CRV. The woman said she exited the store with her purse with her and began loading items into the vehicle through the back hatch. She went to return her cart to the store and came back to the vehicle to realize she didn’t have her purse.

She wasn’t sure if she left it in the vehicle as she returned her cart or if she left it in the shopping cart but it was nowhere to be found and the video surveillance of the interior showed no one taking it. No footage was available in the parking lot.

Several credit cards, $1,500 in cash, an iPhone, and other items were inside of the purse. The woman monitored her bank account for activity. It didn’t take long for her to see someone indeed had the purse and was trying to use what was inside to commit a crime.

At 11 p.m. Friday night, she called JPD back and said one of the cards was used earlier that night at Walmart in Trumann. A $524.61 purchase was made and a $200 cash advance was received on the card. Two other efforts for a cash advance were declined. The suspect(s) then went to a Walmart location in Memphis and at 9:30 p.m., attempted to make a purchase of $424.00. The card was declined.

Detective Shane Fox was assigned the case and began work on it Monday. Anyone with information may contact Crime Stoppers at (870) 935-7867 (935-STOP.)

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