Rib runners: Suspects also pulled pork from other store

Joshlin Monique Ames (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)
Joshlin Monique Ames (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Police say two women who popped a grocery store manager with a purse full of pork ran out of another store earlier that day with multiple racks of ribs.

Before hitting Bill's Fresh Market, 4225 Stadium, on Tuesday afternoon, police say the women stole 15 packages of baby back ribs from Kroger, 1720 S. Caraway.

Store surveillance video showed the women with a small child push a cart back to the meat section and place multiple packs of ribs, valued at $188, into the cart.

After placing a large package of paper towels on top, they headed toward the cash registers then walked out the door, the incident report said.

The video showed the women walk to a silver Chevy Impala, much like the one seen later at Bill's, and start throwing the items into the back seat with the child.

A store employee who had just pulled into the parking lot saw the women throwing the meat in the car. Thinking their actions were "suspicious," he wrote down the license plate number.

Officer Keith Baggett ran the number which returned to a named suspect. Baggett compared the suspect's driver's license photo with the surveillance video. In his report, he said she "closely resembles one of the females involved."

He logged the store security video into evidence.

On Thursday, police arrested 28-year-old Joshlin Monique Ames on suspicion of robbery for the incident at Bill's. She is being held at the Craighead County Detention Center awaiting a probable cause hearing.

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