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Police: Infrared camera exposed couple's crime

Amy Lavonne Smith (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office) Amy Lavonne Smith (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)
Luia Matthew Dunn (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office) Luia Matthew Dunn (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)
John Walter Lindsey (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office) John Walter Lindsey (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)
JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

A couple apparently thought they were safe turning the lights out to steal from a local hotel, but Jonesboro police say an infrared camera exposed their crime.

Amy Lavonne Smith, 41, and Luia Matthew Dunn, 25, both of Bay were arrested on suspicion of breaking or entering; theft $1,000 or less; criminal mischief and nonpayment of fines.

The pair is accused of stealing $788.21 from a drop safe at the Days Inn, 2904 Phillips Dr.

According to the incident report, the theft was captured on the hotel’s security cameras.

The video showed Smith working the front desk when Dunn came in.

Dunn, according to the report, is seen going behind the counter and looking through all of the drawers and closets.

“Then the two turn off the lights in the office,” the report stated.

Because the camera is an infrared system, the report said it still showed them “very clearly…pushing and pulling the safe from the office area.”

Police say the video showed Dunn leave the office while Smith stayed behind.

Sometime later Dunn returned to the office and the “two push the safe back to its location,” the report said.

Officers arrested Dunn Monday and took him to the Craighead County Detention Center where he was left to await a probable cause hearing. According to the report, he was also wanted on a warrant out of Clay County.

Monday night an officer arrested Smith when she reported to work at Days Inn. She was taken to the CCDC to await a PC hearing. She was also cited for a nonpayment of fines warrant.

In an unrelated case, Jonesboro police arrested an 18-year-old Harrisburg man after they say he “admitted” to stealing cash from the register where he worked.

John W. Lindsey is charged with theft $1,000 or less-all others.

According to the police report, Lindsey told the arresting officer he stole approximately $360 from his cash register “multiple times over the course of a few weeks” from O’Reilly Auto Parts, 2611 Red Wolf Blvd.

He was taken to the CCDC and left in lieu of a $770 bond.

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