Jo Ann Lake, 46, 121 Shanghai St., was arrested Tuesday, Dec. 4 about 9 p.m. for allegedly stealing items from Wal-Mart, according to the Alexandria Police Department.
An employee with Loss Prevention told police he allegedly saw Lake taking items off of the shelves and placing them in bags.
She allegedly paid for some items but left without paying for the rest. The employee stopped Lake after she left the building. She allegedly had items valued at $851.30 in her shopping cart. The items included household goods and toys.
She was booked into the Rapides Parish Jail on charges of shoplifting, over $500. The report said Lakes kept asking to pay for the items instead of being arrested. She also asked if the officer would call Police Chief Darren Coutee “so he could help her.”
According to police reports, the Alexandria Police Department logged the following report Tuesday afternoon:
About 2:30 p.m., officers were dispatched to Huey P. Long Medical Center in reference to a battery. When officers arrived they were directed to a woman who said she was carjacked and beat up in an “unknown location in Alexandria near the Super Wal-Mart.” The woman said a man grabbed her out of her vehicle while she was at a red light near Wal-Mart.
The woman said the man allegedly hit her in the face with something, but she couldn’t remember much more about the incident.
The woman said the vehicle, a gold Toyota Tundra, belonged to her boyfriend.
The treating physician told police that an “unknown lady” brought the victim to the hospital but the lady didn’t provide any helpful information. The doctor also said the lady claimed she had found the victim and brought her to the hospital.
When asked again what happened, the victim told police she “suffers from depression and is on a lot of medication so her memory is not that good.”
According to the report, the victim said she needed a ride back to Gardner and asked officers to call her family to come get her.
About 5 p.m., the police department received a call from a man who said he was the victim’s boyfriend. He also said that his girlfriend was the last person to have his vehicle.