Stefanie Moss, 41, of New Caney, Texas, who was visiting an aunt in Jonesboro, Arkansas was arrested by Paragould police on Wednesday while driving a stolen U-Haul. In it police found property stolen just hours earlier in a vehicle break-in. Police say she had been on a crime spree the past few weeks.
Detective Scott Snyder of the Paragould Police Department said witnesses alerted security at a local store at about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday that a woman later identified as Moss was seen hanging around a vehicle in the parking lot. Security personnel reviewed surveillance video and called police.
When police arrived, they made contact with Moss and found checkbooks and property from a car broken into at the store and from another car break-in nearby, Snyder said.
In Greene County, Moss faces two counts of breaking and entering and one count each of forgery and theft by receiving, Snyder said, adding that the forgery allegation arises from a victim’s check she cashed at a local store. A temporary bond of $50,000 was set in Paragould.
On Thursday, Craighead County District Judge Keith Blackman found probable cause to charge Moss with breaking or entering, fraudulent use of a credit card, six counts of forgery and one misdemeanor theft count. He set bond at $100,000.
Some of the stolen property Paragould police recovered Wednesday was stolen from vehicles in Jonesboro, Detective Lyle Waterworth of the Jonesboro Police Department said.
That’s not all. Moss used a checkbook and debit card stolen from Amber Jones of Jonesboro to cash forged checks in Jonesboro and Harrisburg, Waterworth said, adding that she even used Jones’ stolen driver’s license when merchants asked for her ID. One merchant became suspicious, since Moss is 17 years older than Jones, and she left the store without making a transaction.
Store security video at merchants where Jones’ stolen checks were cashed matched Moss’ likeness, Waterworth said.
During the hearing, Jonesboro Detective Mike Branscum said Moss is wanted in Texas for similar crimes.
Waterworth said after the hearing that Moss has been tied to at least three of the 14 car break-ins reported in Jonesboro since Jan. 28. He said he plans to meet with Paragould detectives today to determine how much of the stolen property came from Jonesboro.