Crime

July 1, 2014

Video shows thief casually stealing crosses

Distribution of video clip led to an ID and an arrest warrant, the Johnson County sheriff said.

A home surveillance camera caught a woman swiping four crosses and a pair of wet Nike shoes from the front porch of a Johnson County home early Tuesday, taking her time as if she were shopping and appearing to look right into the camera, police said Tuesday.

The homeowner posted the security video on Facebook, leading to “an outpouring of information from the community” and the issuance of an arrest warrant for a 26-year-old woman who lives in the same area.

Investigators recovered stolen property from the woman’s residence, a news release from Sheriff Bob Alford said. The items were linked to other reported thefts in the area and in Joshua.

Deputies were looking for Iris Nicole Carroll, who faces a charge of theft under $500, the news release said.

The decorative crosses and wet shoes were stolen about 3:50 a.m. Monday at the home of Kevin and Aleisha Jones just east of Cleburne in unincorporated Johnson County.

“I just feel so violated,” said Aleisha Jones. “I’m so thankful it wasn’t anyone we know.”

Aleisha Jones said she noticed that the crosses were missing when she walked out Monday morning.

“I thought it was a prank at first,” she said. “We then saw the video.”

The video shows a woman walking up to the porch with sunglasses on her head and a cigarette in one hand, looking at the wall where the crosses hung.

“She looked like she was shopping at a store,” Aleisha Jones said. “I don’t know if she saw the camera or not.”

The woman took the crosses, then turned around and took the pair of youth Nikes.

“Three of the crosses had sentimental value. One we had bought on our honeymoon, an elderly friend had given us one, and my niece made the other,” Jones said. “The tennis shoes I had left outside because my son had got them wet.”

The crosses and shoes were valued at $150.

The Joneses have two cameras near the porch and six others around the home. They plan to increase their surveillance guard to 16 cameras.

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