Her vehicle was smashed while she walked at Craighead Forest Park

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JONESBORO, Ark. – A heinous theft by a criminal or criminals targeted a woman Wednesday while she was on a quick walk around the lake at Craighead Forest Park but without more evidence or leads, police will not be continuing the investigation.

The woman, whom we are not naming but we spoke with on Thursday, is a business person who was trying to fit in a healthy walk around the lake on what was a beautiful Wednesday. She arrived at 2:40 PM, she told NEA Report.

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“I was in between appointments and was out at the park to walk around the lake,” she said.

But by the time she got back to her car, at about 3:30 PM, the beautiful day was a disaster. Her passenger side window was completely smashed in and destroyed. It wasn’t a quick act, either, as the glass was tinted and stuck together.

In front of a number of cars, as seen in the photo, the crook flagrantly entered another’s vehicle and stole her Michael Kors purse along with everything inside. The purse was black with gold chains, she said. She called 911.

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“Two very nice people were there to stay with me while I waited for the officer,” she said.

At approximately 3:55 PM, Officer Brandon Butler responded to the park and met with the victim. He said shards of glass were strewn about the interior. Aside from the stolen purse, which was mostly empty, nothing else appeared to be disturbed in the vehicle.

Unfortunately, no witnesses were present and no cameras were in the area, the officer reported. Nothing of evidentiary value was found at the crime scene, making it difficult to catch the responsible party without some new witness or details.

On Thursday, the report was reviewed by Detective Michael Mccanless, who wrote that it will not be assigned due to lack of evidence, suspects, or leads.

If you can provide any helpful information, please contact the Jonesboro Police Department, reference case 19-03426. You can reach Crime Stoppers at 870-935-STOP(7867) or a desk sergeant at 870-935-5551.

The guilty parties face several charges including a felony for breaking into the vehicle.

“I’d like everyone to be aware of the situation,” The victim told us. “I don’t want anyone else to have to experience anything like it.”

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3 Comments

  1. Would be nice if they had at least cameras at entrances and exits at Craighead. Getting to large not to have a security presence and the last comment that there will be no type of investigation pretty much tells criminals “Anything that happens at Craighead stays at Craighead”

  2. I agree with Nick. The necessity of cameras at Craighead Forest Park are long overdue. The boldness of the perpetrator would indicate a fearlessness of the law and that immediate steps need to be undertaken to provide safety to the citizens of Jonesboro.

  3. I agree with Nick. Cameras are long overdue at Craighead Forest Park. The sheer fearlessness exhibited by the perpetrator should wake up the Mayor, City Council, Parks Superintendent, and the park visitors. Quick action is warranted to get a handle on a situation that will continue to escalate.

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