Judge sets bond for couple accused of stealing from Abilities Unlimited

Judge sets bond for couple accused of stealing from Abilities Unlimited
Donnie Wright (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)
Donnie Wright (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A judge set bond at $25,000 each for two people accused of stealing from Abilities Unlimited.

Craighead County District Judge Keith Blackman found probable cause Monday to charge 53-year-old Donnie Wright and 47-year-old Kelly Bass, both of Jonesboro, with breaking or entering and theft of $5,000 or less but greater than $1,000 from a building. Both are Class D felonies and punishable by up to 6 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

According to the probable cause affidavit, security footage showed the couple drive up in a red Ford pickup truck and steal several boxes of items. The couple returned later that night, the court documents stated, and stole more items.

Abilities Unlimited posted the surveillance video on its Facebook page and received several tips identifying Bass and Wright as the suspects.

A day after the alleged theft, Jonesboro police arrested the pair.

During questioning, Bass initially told detectives "she had donated several items to the store and went back to retrieve them," the affidavit stated.

Both she and Wright later admitted to taking more than Bass had "supposedly donated," police said.

A spokesperson with Abilities Unlimited reportedly told detectives they had video of the items being donated and "none of the items were donated by either of the suspects."

After setting their bond, Blackman ordered the couple to appear in circuit court on Feb. 26 at 8:30 a.m.

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