JPD: Officers net suspect in clothing, fish heist | Crime
A change of clothes didn’t keep a Jonesboro woman from being arrested on theft and shoplifting charges.
Tuesday night Jonesboro police were called to Kroger, 1525 S. Caraway Rd., regarding a shoplifter who had fled.
The store manager told Officer Jo Carol Carter that the suspect, later identified as 20-year-old Tajah Cochran, had taken two packages of frozen fish filets, a package of fish fry mix and a bottle of oil from the store.
The manager said Cochran was wearing a multi-colored dress when she drove off in a black Dodge Charger.
When she was stopped a short time later at the intersection of South Caraway and East Matthews, Carter said Cochran was wearing a blue shirt with multi-colored shorts.
According to the initial police report, the sales tag was still on the shirt and “hanging out of the back.”
Cochran denied any involvement in the shoplifting and claimed she was not at Kroger, Carter stated in her report.
Cochran then reportedly consented to a police search of her car.
In the passenger seat, Carter reported finding a large gray purse which was “mostly empty except for a box cutter.” Nothing else was found in the passenger compartment.
Then Officer Carter opened the trunk. According to the police report, “it was full.”
Carter reported dozens of shirts and shorts, with the tags still on them, were piled on top of the items reportedly taken from Kroger.
The clothing, according to the report, was taken from Charlotte Russe and JC Penney’s, as well as Kmart and Walmart.
After the items were seized as evidence, Cochran reportedly admitted she had changed her clothing after leaving Kroger in an attempt to avoid being arrested.
Carter is currently being held in the Craighead County Detention Center charged with shoplifting and theft by receiving.
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