Police in Southern Mississippi have arrested a woman for breaking into cars in the parking lot of her children’s high school and stealing things.
In her defense, the woman, Lisa Carol Roche, said she wasn’t stealing anything. Far from it! Instead, Roche claimed, she was “looking for ISIS terrorists,” The Clarion-Ledger reports.
The impressively tattooed mother said she had seen press reports indicating that members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have made their way into the United States. She was doing her part — clandestinely, see — to ensure that none of these terrorists were hidden away in cars parked at East Central High School in Moss Point, Miss. (pop. 13,704).
According to Jackson County Sheriff’s Department Capt. Curtis Speirs, a campus police officer initially responded to reports that students had been missing expensive sunglasses and other items from their vehicles.
Surveillance video of the parking lot showed a woman identified as Roche bringing her kids to school in the morning. “Then she’d cruise the parking lot, checking vehicles and popping door handles to see if they were open,” Speirs told The Clarion-Ledger.
On Friday morning, police were on hand when Roche, 41, dropped her kids off and began checking out students’ cars — for stuff to steal, or for dangerous terrorists (or both).
“Then we followed her and stopped her. She drove into Alabama before she was stopped,” Speirs told the Jackson, Miss. newspaper. “She had one pair of sunglasses a student had described down to a scuff on one of the lenses.”
Police arrested Roche. She has been charged with commercial burglary of an automobile. If convicted, she faces a fine up to $10,000 and a maximum prison sentence of five years. She is currently free on a $5,000 bond.
Speirs noted that the Mississippi mother does not appear to have any background in the intelligence community. She does, however, have a rap sheet that includes felony burglary and felony embezzlement.
Terrorism concerns appear to be high in Southern Mississippi. Early last month, around the anniversary of the Sept. 2001 terrorist attacks, Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel assured anxious residents that he was unaware of any evidence verifying a story making the rounds on the Internet that warned of four terrorists who had been casing local public schools. (RELATED: Sheriff Says There Is No Evidence Terrorists Are Planning Spectacular Hattiesburg, Miss. Attack)
An FBI spokeswoman, Deborah Madden, indicated that the FBI knew of no specific threats to schools in the area.
“As always, we encourage the public to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activities to your local police or the FBI,” Madden added.