Update: Donation Jug Theft Suspect Identified

By: Lauren Zakalik Email
By: Lauren Zakalik Email
According to police reports, the suspect is a 44-year-old Eagle woman

Suspect in stolen jug case

Potterville Police Chief Nick Jones tells News 10 the woman suspected of stealing a jug full of donations for a sick child has been found.

According to police reports News 10 obtained, 44-year-old Lorie Ann Hosford is the thief who stole the jug from a Potterville BP Station last week.

Chief Jones says after WILX News 10 aired surveillance video of the woman Wednesday night, his department received 15 to 20 tips from people ID'ing the woman. The police report says loss-prevention staff from Target and Meijer recognized her, as well as family members. According to reports, Hosford has had run-ins at those stores before.

When Hosford was identified, she was already in the Ingham County Jail, charged with felony shoplifting from Sears in Frandor earlier in the week; that's coming from Lansing Police. She also has a misdemeanor hold in Eaton County for shoplifting.

We spoke with Lynda Meade, mother of the sick little boy Cameron for whom the money is being raised. She says she still has compassion for this suspect.

"I hope she's given the chance to explain herself. I'm hoping this will be an opportunity for her to get some help," Meade says.


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  • by Anonymous on Nov 12, 2009 at 03:42 PM
    This is One Sick , pathetic and disgusting human being. Who has a lengthy criminal record from what it sounds like. People like this don't change ..and she needs to be held responsible for her actions..and not blame a rough childhood for it. Shame on her!
  • by William Location: Eaton Rapids on Nov 12, 2009 at 03:30 PM
    Sandi, What are you thinking? Even though she should have the book thrown at her, we live in a state that is broke. People that commit crimes like this are the ones that are being let out early. She will probably be out in 12 months or less, regardless of sentencing. Until the state realizes that we cannot pay to support every program, downsizes accordingly and updates our state to a tax base that can support their primary functions instead of relying on a manufacturing industry that has been going downhill for almost 15 years, people like this will be slapped on the wrist and let back into society.
  • by Karen on Nov 12, 2009 at 03:06 PM
    How sickening for a person to do this. I just hope they don't let her off easy for having the "disease" of compulsive shoplifting or something. She made a choice to steal and now she should be held accountable no matter what.
  • by Sandi on Nov 12, 2009 at 12:40 PM
    I am appalled that this person is not in prison. Seems she has a long history of stealing. I personally hope they throw the book at her and put her away for a very long time.
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