A Jefferson woman was arrested in Winder Thursday night after being detained in the parking lot of the local YMCA by one of her alleged theft victims.
According to a Winder Police Department press release, Lyndon Tubbs at about 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27 discovered on his vehicle’s front seat an iPhone that didn’t belong to him. He took the phone inside the Y and was in the process of turning it in at the front desk when two things happened. First, his wife called his cell phone to tell him she had just called police after discovering several items missing from their vehicle. Then a frantic woman ran into the lobby, grabbed the phone from Tubbs, and ran out of the building.
“Suspecting that this female could be the same person who had also taken his belongings, Tubbs ran after the woman and restrained her in the parking lot until police arrived,” the press release states.
The alleged thief, 38-year-old Raemonda Inscho, told police she was “just trying to feed her children,” but police found in her car — which was parked in a handicapped space in the parking lot off Brad Akins Drive — a “make-up bag that contained a large quantity of a crystal-like substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine.”
After Inscho indicated there was stolen property in her car’s trunk, police used her keys to open it and Tubbs quickly identified several items that belonged to him. Police towed the woman’s car to the police department and found in bags dozens of driver’s licenses, credit and debit cards, cell phones, GPS devices, and other items.
Inscho allegedly admitted to stealing items from 12 autos, but police found evidence of even more thefts. She appeared to be under the influence of a narcotic but claimed the drugs found in her car had been left there by someone else.
She is being held in the Barrow County Detention Center on one count each of entering auto, possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute, and possession of drug-related objects.
However, police ask any other victims of recent thefts from autos to contact their respective law enforcement agencies in Barrow, Jackson, Banks, Clarke and Oconee counties. Those agencies are working with Winder police in attempting to locate other possible victims based on the addresses found on the driver’s licenses that were recovered.
Winder victims are asked to contact detective Greg Teatino at 678-425-6873.
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