Anonymous tip leads to woman’s arrest

Anonymous tip leads to woman’s arrest
Lonia Riley, 26, Searcy Theft of property debit/credit card and fraudulent use of debit/credit card (6/10) (Source: Craighead County Sheriff's Office)

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT)- Jonesboro police officers headed to Chuck E. Cheese but it was for a stolen debit card, not pizza.

A customer told officers on Feb. 1 that someone stole her purse. A short time later, according to a probable cause affidavit, her debit card was used at an ATM.

Officers retrieved the restaurant’s security footage, according to the court document, and watched a woman, identified as 26-year-old Lonia Riley of Searcy, take the woman’s purse out of the booth.

Detectives said footage from the ATM showed a white Subaru pull up and a man wearing a mask used the victim’s card. The report said the ATM footage also Riley in the passenger seat as the man used the stolen debit card.

Police arrested Riley on suspicion of theft after an anonymous tip, along with security footage, drivers license and previous booking photographs confirmed her identity.

She appeared in Craighead County District Court on Tuesday, June 11, where Judge David Boling found probable cause to charge her with theft of a debit/credit card and fraudulent use of a credit card.

Her bond was set at $5,000 and her next court appearance is July 31.

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