Macon County Chronicle

Walmart Wallet Bandit Pleads

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As previously reported in the Macon County Chronicle, on Sunday night, March 15, 2015, the Lafayette Police Department was dispatched to Walmart, in reference to a robbery that had occurred inside the store.

In a report filed by LPD Patrolman Joshua McClard, he stated that he responded to the call at Walmart and the suspect, later identified as 31-year-old Joshua McKinnley Jones, fled the scene in a high speed pursuit with another police officer. The patrolman made contact with the robbery victim inside Walmart who told him that a suspicious looking man had been following her around in the store while talking on a cell phone. Apparently, when she stopped to look at the jewelry, she heard the suspect say “I’ve got to let you go” and then he grabbed her wallet and ran out of the store.

According to Patrolman Derrick Gann, who also responded to the call, he made contact with the male suspect as he ran the stop sign while exiting Walmart, where it was later reported that he allegedly hit another vehicle while getting away. “I initiated my emergency equipment in front of Capital Bank, but the suspect refused to stop,” stated Gann. “He ran the stop sign at 52 and Ellington, and then ran the stop sign at Ellington Drive and Church Street. The suspect traveled down Ellington Drive and ran the stop sign at the Scottsville Road intersection. “

Gann said the suspect turned left on the Scottsville Road heading north and he met several vehicles while driving at a high rate of speed. The officer pursued him to the Kentucky State Line and then Allen County was notified. “The suspect did cross the center line numerous times while fleeing. After several tips saying who the driver was, I was able to obtain a photo of Joshua M. Jones, and did positively identify Jones as the driver. His license was revoked.”

On March 19, Deputy Woodard, of the Macon County Sheriffs Office, transported Joshua M. Jones for a Lafayette Police Department officer to the Macon County Jail for warrants. According to the affidavit of complaint filed by Woodard, when Jones was getting out of the back of his patrol car, he left in the seat a white powder in a bag, which tested positive for methamphetamine.

Joshua Jones was initially charged with robbery, driving on a revoked license, evading arrest, failure to stop for signals or stop signs, reckless driving, driving left of center, reckless endangerment, and possession of a Schedule II drug.