WHITE CLOUD, Mich. — A white Cloud couple is now in police custody after Detectives from the Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office executed Felony Arrest Warrants on the couple at their residence near Hardy Dam.
46-year-old Donald Ansley and 37-year-old Joleen Cross were taken into custody without incident. The arrests stem from an investigation into a purse snatching inside the Big Rapids Meijer Store on Black Friday which also involved the theft and use of stolen credit card, and an attempted purse snatching at the Big Rapids Wal-Mart on December 5.
The couple is also being charged on a later date on Felony charges in Newaygo County for a purse snatching at the Fremont Wal-Mart on Novemebr 30
Surveillance video of Cross, who is currently a State of Michigan Disability/Welfare recipient, running from the crime scene, has been turned over to the Welfare Fraud Division of DHS for review for possible welfare/disability fraud charges.
Ansley and Cross were both arraigned in the 77th District Court on 6 Felony Larceny Charges each. They both remain in custody in the Mecosta County Jail with each having a $50,000 bond. They are both scheduled to be back in court on December 17 at 9 a.m.
Anyone with information reference these cases or any similar incidents are requested to contact Det. Sgt. Nemeth at the Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office.