Women arrested, believed to be connected to local theft

GREENFIELD — Two women suspected of stealing 29 iPads from a local Walmart are in police custody in Greencastle.

Greencastle police arrested Jolisha McDonald, 23, and Danielle White, 24, both of Columbus, Ohio, Saturday morning after the pair attempted to steal similar products from the Walmart there, police said.

Local police said they believe it’s the same duo connected to similar thefts in at least 40 Walmarts around Indiana and Ohio, including a recent theft at the Greenfield store.

At approximately 3 a.m. Feb. 15, two women forced open the cabinets holding the electronics and stole about 29 iPads totaling nearly $13,000, police said.

They then left the area in a maroon-colored, four-door car.

On Saturday morning, Greencastle police stopped two women traveling in a similar car after they attempted to steal electronic devices from the Greencastle Walmart, said Greenfield Police Department Detective Lt. Randy Ratliff.

“They did not make entry there,” he said. “They have been identified as likely being the two suspects from our theft.”

The pair face misdemeanor charges in Putnam County and could face felony charges in Hancock County, Ratliff said.

Greenfield police Sgt. Ron Chittum is working to obtain a search warrant for the vehicle McDonald and White were driving Saturday.

If evidence proves they’re the same women responsible for stealing the devices in Greenfield, they could face felony theft and burglary charges, Ratliff said.

Samm Quinn is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3275 or squinn@greenfieldreporter.com.