Woman who tried to cut out of store with knife set arrested for robbery

Woman who tried to cut out of store with knife set arrested for robbery
Jacqueline Nadine Pinto (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A woman who tried to cut out of Walmart with a set of knives faces a robbery charge after police say she shoved an employee who tried to stop her.

Jonesboro police arrested 51-year-old Jacqueline Nadine Pinto after they say she tried to run out of the store on East Highland with a set of knives.

According to the probable cause affidavit, when a store loss prevention specialist tried to stop her, Pinto "began to yell and scream and began shoving her."

The employee managed to get the knives away from Pinto before she fled the scene with another woman.

After getting a description of the vehicle, police located Pinto a short time later and took her into custody.

During questioning, Pinto reportedly admitted to taking the knife set and being confronted by the store employee. But, she denied harming the woman.

After leaving Walmart, Pinto reportedly told investigators she and her friend went to the Dollar Store on Nettleton as well as Food Smart and "stole items."

"She also admitted to being criminally banned from Walmart in the past," the affidavit said.

On Thursday, Craighead County District Judge Tommy Fowler found probable cause to charge her with robbery; shoplifting $1,000 or less; and criminal trespass in or on a vehicle or structure/premises.

Pinto is being held on a $2,500 cash/surety bond awaiting an April 27 appearance in circuit court.

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