Suspect unsure how stolen credit card got in her pants pocket

Suspect unsure how stolen credit card got in her pants pocket
Jennifer Deann Dunkin (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A purse snatching suspect found with another woman's stolen credit card in her pocket told police she "did not know how it got there."

On March 24, a woman reported to police that a white female approached her at the Highland Drive Walmart and asked her to reach something on the shelf for her.

When the victim turned to get the item, according to court documents, the suspect grabbed her wallet from her purse and ran away.

Responding officers viewed the security camera footage and watched the suspect get into a Ford Explorer with license tags that returned to another woman in Trumann.

Officers contacted the SUV's owner who reportedly told them that 25-year-old Jennifer Dunkin of Trumann had taken the vehicle without permission.

A short time later, Trumann police officers stopped the vehicle and detained Dunkin and a man.

Inside the SUV, officers reported finding two stolen wallets, including the one taken from Walmart, and "a number of items that had been purchased with [the victim's] credit card."

During a search of Dunkin, officers said they found the victim's stolen credit card in Dunkin's pants pocket.

She told police she "did not know how it got there," the affidavit stated. "At the time, Dunkin was found to be wearing a pair of Nike shoes that had just been purchased with the stolen credit card."

On Thursday, Dunkin appeared before Craighead County District Judge Tommy Fowler on a bench warrant finding probable cause to charge her with theft of property-credit/debit cards; theft of $1,000 or less-purse snatching; and fraudulent use of a credit card.

Dunkin remains in the Craighead County Detention Center on a $2,500 cash/surety bond awaiting a May 25 appearance in circuit court.

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