Consumer Alert: Counterfeit bills in Jonesboro

Since July 1, the Jonesboro Police Department has taken 18 reports of Forgery in the 1st Degree (counterfeit money).

15 of these cases involve 29 different counterfeit $100 bills.

These bills are being passed all over town from banks, stores, and citizens alike. The bills JPD has collected all share the same few serial numbers and, while some are decent "fakes," others are very recognizable. We encourage you to be mindful of this epidemic and pay close attention when you are handling cash.

ALL of the bills highlighted in the photos below have been forged and passed in Jonesboro within the last month. JPD encourages you to visit for an interactive tool that helps citizens spot counterfeit bills. We've also included an infographic below with some quick things to look for in old and new $100 bills.

A person commits forgery in the first degree if he or she forges a written instrument that is money, a security, a postage or revenue stamp, or other instrument issued by a government [...]. Forgery in the first degree is a Class B felony.

Animal Control Seizes 17 dogs from a south Jonesboro home

The Google definition of animal cruelty (animal abuse, animal neglect or animal cruelty), is the infliction by omission (animal neglect) or by commission by humans of suffering or harm upon any non-human. More narrowly, it can be the causing of harm or suffering for specific achievement, such as killing animals for food, for their fur or even their tusks; opinions differ about the extent of cruelty associated with a given method of slaughter.

 Generally, animal cruelty can be divided into two categories: neglect and intentional cruelty. Examples of intentional cruelty include, among others, overt abuse, when an individual purposely inflicts physical harm or injury on an animal, dog fighting and cock fighting. Acts of neglect include companion animals being neglected or denied basic necessities of care, such as food, water, shelter, or veterinary care.

 Animal Control Officers have served 353 welfare checks since the beginning of this year. These checks are performed for all complaints that come into the department regarding animal neglect, abuse, hoarding and other infractions concerning animals.  

 On July 3, Officer Christopher Pigg was dispatched to a home in south Jonesboro to assist ACO Ashlee Jackson with a welfare check of children and animals inside the residence.  ACO Jackson had received a complaint that there were approximately 20 dogs inside the residence and she expressed concern about the living conditions inside the home.  Both officers arrived at the incident location and were invited in by the occupants.  The smell of urine and feces emitted from the home as they walked through the front entrance. Dog feces and urine were observed throughout the home along with adult dogs and puppies that were contained in small cages and rooms.

 The children and elderly lady that were present that day did not look to be malnourished like the dogs but DCFS and Area Agency on Aging were called to investigate their well being in the living conditions.

 ACO Jackson wrote the owner of the home a citation for cruelty to animals and began the process of getting a Search and seizure warrant for the dogs that were discovered.  On July 5th, the warrant was issued. She was accompanied by two JPD officers along with ACO Matt Gragg. They proceeded to rescue the dogs from the small crates and searched every room. Overall, 17 dogs and puppies were seized and taken to Animal Medical Center to be treated for their illnesses and injuries.  All of the dogs were malnourished.

 The owners recently plead guilty to 17 counts of animal cruelty and were court ordered to surrender the dogs to Animal Control.  All treatments for the dogs, performed by Animal Medical Center, are being paid for by the owners. When they are well enough to travel, most have been placed in Animal rescues in the north.  

 If you suspect someone of maliciously injuring or mistreating animals, contact Animal Control at 935-3920 or the Jonesboro Police Department 935-5657.


JPD Makes an Arrest in a 3 Year Old Homicide Case

On Friday, July 26, 2019 at approximately 8:15 p.m., officers with the Osceola Police Department and the U.S. Marshall’s office arrested Charles Devine pursuant to a felony homicide warrant issued by the Jonesboro Police Department. Mr. Devine, 59 of Osceola, was arrested in connection to the 2016 murder of his wife, Stacey Devine. 

 Investigators, with the Jonesboro Police, have conducted new analysis of the evidence and new interviews with all of the witnesses over the past week. Following a thorough review of the available evidence, Prosecutors with the 2nd Judicial District, decided to move forward with a warrant. Mr. Devine was placed in custody of the Craighead County Detention Center late Friday evening and will wait for formal charges to be filed during his Probable Cause Hearing on Monday.

 A little over three years ago, Stacey Devine was found in a ditch February 12, 2016, off of Commerce Dr. and Pacific Road by a family walking their dog. Investigators believed the murder happened in another location and her body was dumped in the ditch. 

 Chief Rick Elliott stated that this is the result of many tireless hours from JPD Detectives and he is proud of the effort his officers put forth on this case. Detectives with the Jonesboro Police also want to thank all of those involved, including the 2nd Judicial District Prosecutor’s Office, the U.S. Marshall’s Office and the Osceola Police Department with their help in this arrest.

 At this time, no further information will be released pending his Probable Cause Hearing.

Stacey Devine

Stacey Devine

Body Camera Footage - Aasin Lester Commendation

The Jonesboro Police Department is releasing the body camera footage of a July 8 incident wherein Officer Aasin Lester acted courageously, quickly, and saved the life of a Jonesboro citizen.

"On July 8th, 2019, Officer Lester responded to 504 State Street in regards to a vehicle accident. He had been advised that the driver of the vehicle struck a home at this location and the driver was possibly injured.

When Lester arrived and noticed that he was the first on the scene, the driver was still inside the vehicle, the vehicle was on fire, and the driver was not responding. Officer Lester took action and ran up to the vehicle and could not get the door open. He ignored the danger of the flames, broke the drivers side window, and pulled the driver to safety.

Later it was found that the driver had a seizure and was incapacitated. Had Officer Lester not taken quick action and pulled the driver from the flames, he would have burned to death inside the vehicle. This Officer’s quick actions calm demeanor saved the drivers life."