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3/16/2013 3:11:00 PM
... And the other Wal-Mart scam
Jessie Pearson (left) and Joice Ferwerda
Jessie Pearson (left) and Joice Ferwerda

COTTONWOOD -- Two Cottonwood women were arrested Thursday, charged with organized retail theft, possession of marijuana and possession drug paraphernalia. Jessie Pearson, 20, and Joice Ferwerda, 18, were arrested after Wal-Mart observed the two conceal store merchandise and try to leave the store without paying.

Store security observed Ferwerda removing tags and placing items in her purse. She went to the electronics department and paid for a phone card but did not pay for other items in her purse. Ferwerda was apprehended shortly afterward.

At nearly the same time Ferwerda was being held, Jessie Pearson was leaving the grocery-side store entrance with a shopping cart full of merchandise. She placed the items in Ferwerda's 1997 Ford sedan and returned to the store where she was apprehended by store employees.

While being interviewed, Ferwerda consented to a law enforcement search of her car. Officers discovered a bag of dog food and food items as well as sandals, sunglasses, electronic accessories and a large amount of jewelry beads and craft items. The estimated total provided by Wal-Mart was $285.82.

The two women were taken to jail. Later the same evening Cottonwood Police Officers were contacted by Pearson's in-law relatives, with whom she lives. They said they found hundreds of stolen items in her room. It was learned that Pearson and Ferwerda were in the Prescott area over the prior weekend where they reportedly took merchandise from at least 13 stores. The items ranged from women's makeup and clothing, to music CDs and pet supplies. Many arts and crafts and jewelry items were also recovered. During an interview with Pearson, police discovered the women had taken the items to make jewelry, planning to sell it.

Pearson's in-laws also discovered a useable amount of marijuana and two pipes consistent with those used to smoke marijuana.

Cottonwood investigators believe Pearson and Ferwerda committed these thefts over the past weekend alone. The total number of items recovered is currently being counted but the dollar amount is estimated to be over $4,000.




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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, March 23, 2013
Article comment by: @ ECHO

Are you laughing at your self? Is it due to your self-righteous? Or is just becuse your a fool who looks down on everyone who is having a hard time in life? Take a look at your self in the mirror, are you happy with what you see or do you have to look away?

Posted: Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Article comment by: Echo M

Hahaha! Did my comment hit a nerve Ms Anna? My comment was based on the "facts" given in the article. Please reread that an estimated amount of 4k in one weekend by these girls and the confessed statement they were stealing to make themselves money. Seriously? And apparently people in this small town like the wool pulled tight. Statistically the majority of state aid recipients are UNDER the age of 30. Not my immagination. I volunteer my time to assist stuggling families learn how to manage money and live on a budget. Three out of every five families I attempt to help are where they are because they will NOT work for anything less than 15.00 an hour because its below them and they make that on state aid. And most of these are referred through state aid programs to me. I understand struggling. But I don't understand the selfishness that is taking this country by storm. Sorry don't mean to be preachy but thanks for the good laugh.

Posted: Sunday, March 17, 2013
Article comment by: Anna E.

@Echo:
It is absolutely NOT a perfect example of today's youth. It is a perfect example of one small group of today's youth. Since IGNORANCE seems to be the word of the day, perhaps I should assume by your comment that you are a middle aged white man who is a registered Republican and drives a Ford Taurus. If I'm wrong, MAYBE it is because from a simple excerpt of information one cannot possibly draw from that anything factual other than what is stated. And, may I add, this is the V.I. "Factual" information is a loose term, at best. I happened to live with my in laws until I was 25 while I was working and putting my husband through school. Now he makes upwards of 60k/yr. We pay our taxes and contribute to our child's school and our community. Oh, but according to YOU I must just be a welfare robbing derelict simply because I'm in my 20's. Get your head out of your bum and maybe go volunteer at your local chapter of Big Brothers/Big Sisters and change the course of our misguided youth.


Posted: Sunday, March 17, 2013
Article comment by: Slater Slater

Unbelievable,kids just can't have fun anymore.People are always putting them down.
Gotta be the one parent family and marijana.


Posted: Sunday, March 17, 2013
Article comment by: @ Echo

Amen!

Posted: Sunday, March 17, 2013
Article comment by: Yep, you steal $4000 of stuff and have pot you go to jail.

Yet a gang of law enforcement officers can assault a man, break his nose, cause facial lacerations, sending him to the ER, and to this day not one officer has been charge with assault, despite videos and police reports

Disgusting....


Posted: Sunday, March 17, 2013
Article comment by: Lynda Kuglitsch

@Echo McKensie: Please don't say this is a perfect example of today's youth when in this same newspaper there is an article on McKenzie Mulcaire getting double credits at MUHS for a head start in college and on a young gal named Summer Breeze who won one of the Verde Pride Awards.

Posted: Saturday, March 16, 2013
Article comment by: Is this the funny papers?

Did it ever occur to you Ms. McKenzie that the youths who are in the newspaper committing crimes are the only ones you are hearing about?

Crime is news, living your life right, is not.



Posted: Saturday, March 16, 2013
Article comment by: Echo McKenzie

WoW! Perfect examples of todays youth. To lazy to get a job and work hard for a good life. I bet they were receiving state aid and sponging off the in laws too. How ridiculous.



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