Shawntell Eppinett, 31 (Source: Bossier City Police Department)
This is the woman that police say snatched a purse from another shopper's cart at Walmart and used the victim's debit card at another store.
Joseph J. Pomares, 42 (Source: Bossier City Police Department)
Surveillance video shows a woman brazenly snatching the victim's purse out of her shopping cart, left momentarily unattended.
BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) -
Bossier City police have made 2 arrests in the theft of a purse from a customer at Walmart and the use of the victim's stolen credit card.
The brazen theft was caught on surveillance video at the Airline Drive store. In the video released by police on Wednesday, a woman can be seen taking another shoppers purse while walking past a shopping cart. Police say the woman can then be seen walking out of the store attempting to conceal the stolen purse under what is believed to be her own purse.
Acting on an anonymous tip called into Bossier Crime Stoppers, detectives arrested Shawntell Roberson Eppinett, 31, of Baton Rouge. Police say that tip led police to the Bossier Inn and Suites in the 700 block of Diamond Jacks Boulevard Wednesday morning, were Eppinett had been staying with her boyfriend, Joseph 42-year-old John Pomares of Baton Rouge.
Detectives determined Eppinett was the woman seen in security camera video stealing the purse and using the victim's credit card to make unauthorized purchases. She was 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.