A concerned citizen who called Smithfield Police after seeing suspicious activity at the Salvation Army on N. Brightleaf Boulevard is being credited with helping officers arrest a suspect who had just stolen from the charitable organization.
Around 11:30pm Wednesday, police responded to a call of a suspicious car at the Salvation Army but the vehicle had already left. While on patrol minutes later, police spotted the car on East Church Street and conducted a traffic stop. Police said they were able to determine two bags of clothes in the vehicle had just been stolen from the drop box at the Salvation Army. The clothes were valued at approximately $150.
Amber Nicole Stewart, 27, of the 11000 block of Highway 50 South, Newton Grove was arrested. Police said during a search of Stewart they located five counterfeit $5 bills in her possession.
Stewart was charged with misdemeanor larceny for the theft from Salvation Army. The counterfeit bills resulted in a felony charge. She was placed in the Johnston County Jail under a $50,000 bond.
Police allege Stewart confessed to the theft.