Joy ride leads to trip to jail, police say

Joy ride leads to trip to jail, police say
A Craighead County woman was arrested on suspicion of theft by receiving in connection with an April 19 report sent to Jonesboro police. (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - A Craighead County woman faces a June court date after police say she was driving a stolen car earlier this year, according to Jonesboro police.

Leah M. Banks of Jonesboro was arrested on suspicion of theft by receiving in connection with an April 19 incident in Jonesboro.

According to a probable cause affidavit, the victim told police April 19 he had allowed a friend to borrow the vehicle - a 2008 Nissan Altima - earlier in the month and that the vehicle was stolen.

“In another reported incident that occurred prior the vehicle being reported stolen, the vehicle license plate from the victim’s Nissan Altima was traded with the license plate of another Nissan Altima in the area of Easy Street,” the affidavit noted.

A witness then told police they saw Banks driving the victim’s Nissan and swapped the two tags, police said.

“The license plate was recovered on the victim’s Nissan Altima at a local hotel, but the vehicle was left on scene due to it being reported stolen at that time. After the victim learned of his vehicle’s license plates being swapped, he contacted the friend he allowed to borrow the car. The friend told the victim that he ran out of gas and he had left it in the area of Farville curve. While the car was left in that area, the car was reportedly stolen over night,” Jonesboro police reported in the affidavit.

The victim then reported the vehicle stolen.

Officers got word that Banks was at a house on Franklin Street.

Detectives then got a search warrant and found the stolen vehicle there, the affidavit noted.

A person at the residence also told police that Banks had brought the vehicle there, police said.

A $35,000 bond was set for Banks, who will be arraigned June 28 in circuit court.

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