Scores of tips and messages into the LeClaire Police Department over the past couple of weeks have helped officers identify two women who allegedly stole two charity jars off of the counter at the Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard store in LeClaire in October, Police Chief Shane Themas said.
One of the women was arrested Friday, while the other is still being sought.
Jazmin Pauline James, 19, of Clinton, was arrested Friday morning by Clinton police. James is charged out of LeClaire with one count of fifth-degree theft in connection with the theft of the charity jars on Oct. 17. She was being held Friday night in the Scott County Jail on $300 bond, cash or surety.
Police are still looking for James’ accomplice, Ashley Marie Dean, 30, of Clinton.
In addition to third-degree theft in LeClaire, Themas said, Dean is a suspect in another shoplifting case out of Davenport that also occurred Oct. 17. There are Scott County warrants for Dean for possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and fifth-degree theft.
Anyone with information about Dean’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Eldridge Police Department at 563-289-4242, ext. 1, or the Davenport Police Department at 563-326-6125. People can leave an anonymous tip on the Davenport’s mobile apps “CrimeReports by Motorola” or “CityConnect Davenport, IA.”
Themas said that about 9:15 p.m. on Oct. 17, James and Dean stole two charity jars off of the county at the Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard store, 212 S. Cody Road.
One of the jars contained donations for “Dimes for Dogs,” with the donations going to local animal shelters.
The other jar contained donations meant for the family of Zachary Francis, 22, who died Sept. 28, at University Hospitals, Iowa City.
LeClaire police officers were able to get the women’s photos and a video of the theft off of the store’s security cameras and posted them on social media to obtain the public’s help in getting their identities, Themas said.
“Since posting the photos and video to the LeClaire Police Department’s Facebook page, we’ve received over 50 phone calls and messages with tips leading to the charges,” Themas said.