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September 13 09:18 AM

Suspect who stole woman’s wallet arrested


The Bossier Financial Crimes Task Force arrested a woman last Thursday, Sept. 5, on charges of identity theft and theft in connection with an incident in which a woman’s wallet was stolen from a local business.

The theft occurred at the “A Yellow Ribbon” store in the 2800 block of Douglas Drive on Monday, Aug. 19. According to a task force investigation, it is believed that the suspect took the wallet out of the victim’s purse while at least one accomplice distracted the victim, who worked at the business.

The victim told detectives she received a call a few minutes later from someone claiming to be with her bank stating that her account information had been stolen. The caller went on to ask for the victim’s debit card PIN number in order to help clear up the matter.

As a result, the victim gave the caller the PIN number, which the suspect used to withdraw $300 from the victim’s bank account.

The task force arrested 67-year-old Jo Ann Carter of Shreveport in connection with the matter. She was taken into custody at her residence in the 1700 block of Weinstock Street in Shreveport on warrants that were obtained in part on a tip from the public.

She was booked into the Bossier Parish Maximum Security Facility. Her bond on those charges was set at $40,000.

The task force then charged her last Friday with one additional count of identity theft and two additional counts of theft after an investigation linked her to other similar incidents. Bonds on those charges have not yet been set.

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