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November 15 09:11 AM

Suspect who stole purse caught

PRESS RELEASE Bossier City Police Department

Bossier City police made two arrests Wednesday in the case of a suspect who was caught on video stealing a purse and later using the victim’s credit card at one of several local businesses.

Detectives arrested 31-yearold Shawntell Roberson Eppinett of Baton Rouge, La., upon receiving an anonymous tip called in to Bossier Crime Stoppers.

That tip led police to the Bossier Inn and Suites in the 700 block of DiamondJacks Boulevard Wednesday morning, where Eppinett had been staying with her boyfriend, 42-year-old Joseph John Pomares, also of Baton Rouge.

Detectives determined that Eppinett was the subject seen in a security camera video stealing a purse out of a shopping cart while the victim had her back turned at the Wal-Mart store in the 2500 block of Airline Drive last month and then using the victim’s credit card to make unauthorized purchases.

The suspect was seen walking out of the store attempting to conceal the stolen purse under what was believed to be her own purse.

Later that same day, the suspect used a stolen credit card belonging to the victim to make unauthorized purchases for more than $1,000 at several local businesses before the victim could cancel the account.

One of those transactions was caught on security camera video.

Eppinett was subsequently booked into the Bossier City Jail on charges of theft and unauthorized use of an access card as theft.

Detectives say Pomares acted as an accomplice and was also arrested and booked on the same charges.

Bossier City police say this crime demonstrates how easy and quick it can be for criminals to steal and serves as a reminder to be particularly watchful of purses, wallets, cell phones and other personal belongings while shopping, especially during the upcoming holiday season.

While it can be easy to fall victim to a crime like this, it is just as easy to prevent it from happening.

Police cay you can deter purse snatchers and pickpockets by carrying a purse close to your body, not dangling by the straps or leaving it unattended in a shopping cart.

Wallets should be placed inside a coat or front pants pocket.

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