JPD: Suspect lifts woman's wallet before hopping on hospital elevator

JPD: Suspect lifts woman's wallet before hopping on hospital elevator
Jacqueline Nadine Pinto (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Jonesboro woman faces theft charges after police say she stole a hospital visitor's wallet, iPhone, car keys, and vape pen.

The victim told police she was asleep in a designated area for families at St. Bernards Medical Center, 225 E. Jackson, on April 4 when she awoke to find 52-year-old Jacqueline Nadine Pinto standing over her.

According to the probable cause affidavit, the victim said she recognized Pinto from a jail ministry that she was involved with and several "dealings with her and her family in years past."

The woman alleged Pinto said her mother was in the hospital before walking away carrying a backpack.

The victim then reached under a pillow to retrieve her glasses and realized they were gone. That's also when she discovered that her purse was missing. According to the affidavit, it contained a wallet with debit/credit cards, $475 cash, a vape pen, car keys, and her iPhone 7.

After reporting the theft to hospital security and Jonesboro police, a family member was able to track the phone to the area of McAdams and Hope Street where the iPhone was found in a ditch.

A detective viewed the hospital's surveillance video and stated seeing Pinto step off the elevator carrying a backpack and a purse.

"Just prior to Ms. Pinto getting back on the elevator, she can be seen in the area of [the victim's] sleeping area," the detective stated. "[The victim] can be seen looking around for something as Ms. Pinto gets on the elevator and out of camera view."

After reviewing the affidavit, Craighead County District Judge Tommy Fowler found probable cause Tuesday to charge Pinto with theft of $5,000 or less but greater than $1,000 from a building and theft of property-debit/credit cards.

He set her bond at $7,500 and ordered Pinto to appear in circuit court on May 25.

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