A Ravenswood woman has been arrested for allegedly stealing a truck.
Tabitha Good, 26, 100 Walnut St., Ravenswood, was charged with a felony count of grand larceny.
Cpl. A.R. Boggess of the Ravenswood Police Department received a call around 12:06 p.m. on Nov. 26 about a vehicle stolen from the parking lot of Jackson Pro Hardware, 312 Washington St., Ravenswood.
Boggess arrived and met with the victim and a witness. They reported seeing a white female with brown hair wearing a black jacket and a backpack loitering around the victim’s truck, according to a criminal complaint filed in Jackson County Magistrate Court.
They didn’t think much of it at the time because it appeared the woman was just smoking a cigarette. However, she then got into the truck, which was unlocked and had the keys in it, and took off toward Race and Mulberry streets.
The victim reported the vehicle was a four-door white GMC Sierra 3500 with a utility bed and a toolbox. The victim also said there was a Charter Arms .38-caliber firearm in the vehicle.
The Ravenswood Police Department issued an alert on its Facebook page, and the Jackson County 911 Center entered the truck and firearm into the National Crime Information Center database.
Lt. B. Knox of the Ravenswood Police Department began to canvass the general area. He checked The Landing Bar and Grill to see if their security cameras captured footage of the theft.
The footage showed a white female with brown hair wearing a dark-colored jacket and a backpack walking toward the area where the vehicle was stolen. Knox recognized the female as Good based on previous encounters with her. He also noted the footage showed the vehicle traveling on Race Street toward Walnut Street after it was stolen.
Knox went to the residence where Good was known to reside and spoke with one of her family members. The family member reported she had last seen Good leaving the residence wearing a dark-colored jacket and a backpack. She also confirmed Good currently had dark brown hair, but the family members unsure where she was heading when she left.
A short time later, the Jackson County 911 Center received two separate tips that the vehicle had gone down Race Street and was located behind Riverbend Supply Company.
Boggess found the vehicle, but the suspect was gone. While he was searching the area, Boggess was flagged down by one of the witnesses who had called 911 about the truck.
The witness reported seeing white female leave the general area and go up Race Street, possibly toward The Landing Bar and Grill.
Boggess secured the stolen vehicle and headed toward The Landing, where the witness pointed out the woman he had seen leaving the area where the truck was located. Boggess recognized the woman as Good, who accompanied Boggess to the police station to provide a statement.