Two arrested after wallet theft

Two Westport residents were arrested after police said they stole a woman’s wallet at a local retail store.

Amanda Marie Bishop, 32, faces a Level 6 felony charge of theft and Mike J. Ponsler, 49, faces a Class A misdemeanor charge of theft after they were arrested Wednesday following an investigation that began May 31.

A woman called police to report her wallet had been stolen while she was at Goodwill, 1857 E. Tipton St., Seymour.

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The woman said she placed her wallet on a shelf and briefly walked away.

Camera footage from the store shows Bishop walking near the shelf and taking the wallet 29 seconds later, according to a probable cause affidavit filed by Seymour Officer Crystal Schapson.

Schapson wrote that Bishop handed Ponsler the wallet, and he placed it in a large pink purse in the couple’s shopping cart.

Four seconds later, the woman began looking for her wallet and started asking customers if they saw the wallet.

At one point, the woman questioned Bishop and Ponsler, who were in the back of the store near the fitting rooms, according to court documents.

The woman later told Schapson that the couple told her they had not seen it.

Bishop then left the store while Ponsler completed a transaction, and the two left in a gold 1999 Ford F150.

Schapson wrote in court documents that she was able to identify Bishop after she had provided the store clerk with a Goodwill Rewards card for a purchase.

Officers were not able to locate Bishop or Ponsler but found Bishop’s address in Westport. The Decatur County Sheriff’s Department then met Bishop and told her to call Schapson.

Bishop was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown at 1:14 p.m. Wednesday without bond. Ponsler was booked into the Jackson County Jail at 12:57 p.m. Wednesday. He was released at 2:53 p.m. on a $705 bond.