Police: Couple’s spending spree has them facing charges

Police: Couple’s spending spree has them facing charges
Joseph Brooks Bailey and Heather Leann Bailey arrested for suspicion of theft (5/17) (Source: Criaghead Co. Sheriff's office)

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) -An employee discovers a discrepancy that leads to the arrests of two people, according to Jonesboro police.

According to a probable cause affidavit, on May 3, an ERA Doty Real Estate employee contacted the Jonesboro Police Department about possible fraudulent use of the company’s Lowe’s credit card.

Court documents stated Joseph Brooks Bailey of Bono have been employed by ERA Doty Properties as an independent contractor to work on properties managed by the company. Bailey’s wife, Heather Bailey, was an employed as ERA’s property manager.

The report further stated the employee have approached Mrs. Bailey, previously, about certain bills and receipts missing from the credit card account the company had with Lowe’s.

She said she experienced several unsuccessful attempts to get receipts and that all Lowe’s bills had been intercepted by Mrs. Bailey when they were mailed to the company.

The affidavit said the employee discovered $4,500 in unauthorized charges made in January 2019. The person in sole possession of the card was Joseph Bailey.

The copies of receipts from Lowe’s were provided to the police department.

According to the affidavit, the charges made on the card included a gift card, car phone chargers, BBQ grill, numerous tools and a tool chest, garden tiller, power pressure washer and numerous other items that were not authorized by Doty Properties.

During the investigation, a picture obtained by the company showed Heather Bailey at home with several Lowe’s receipts on the table never brought to the company. Facebook video also showed Heather using what appeared to be the garden tiller purchased with the card at her house. A second video showed her husband using the power pressure washer, Jonesboro police said.

Court documents noted that in an interview with Joseph Bailey, he admitted to buying tools that were not authorized and expressed a desire to repay Doty Properties for the charges.

Joseph Bailey appeared before Judge David Boling May 17.

He is being charged with a felony charge of fraudulent use of a credit card.

Bailey was banned from ERA Doty property and was given a bond for $2,500.

His next court date is June 28 at the Craighead County Courthouse.

Heather Bailey is being charged with fraudulent use of credit card and was released on her own recognizance.

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