A Madison County grand jury indicted a Jackson couple Monday on 10 counts for a crime spree that took place in December and January, according to a news release from the Jackson Police Department. Women, between the ages of 55 and 83, were the victims in six of those crimes, police said.
Garrett Connolly Paige, 26, and Jennifer Kay Morris, 22, committed five of the 10 crimes together, police said. Both of them were both indicted on charges of burglary, theft and vandalism for a Dec. 9 break-in that occurred at Aloha Pools, located at 614 Carriage House Drive. They were also indicted for aggravated robbery and vehicle burglary for a Dec. 12 attack on an 82-year-old woman.
Police said Paige and Morris had not previously been charged in the Aloha Pools crime and the case was presented directly to the grand jury.
The release said Paige was indicted for three counts of theft and one count of identity theft for stealing purses at Kroger, located at 941 N. Parkway, and using a bank card from one of the stolen purses. He acted alone in those crimes, police said.
Morris was indicted for aggravated robbery for a Jan. 7 attack on a 76-year-old woman inside the woman’s home. Morris acted alone in that attack, police said.
Paige, who is being held on a $265,000 bond, and Morris, who is being held on a $250,000 bond, both remained in Madison County Jail Monday afternoon in lieu of bond. The couple is scheduled to be arraigned on April 7 in Madison County Circuit Court.
Police said their investigation revealed that the crime spree began on Dec. 9 when, sometime after closing, Paige and Morris went into Aloha Pools. Paige shattered a glass door and Morris, who was a former employee of the business, went inside and stole cash from a register.
Three days later, on Dec. 12, around 10:30 a.m., Morris threatened an 82-year-old woman with a stun gun on the parking lot of Batteries Plus, located at 100 Vann Drive.
The woman was sitting in her car, conducting a transaction with Batteries Plus because she had trouble getting out of her car. As she waited for an employee to return to her car, a young woman, later identified as Morris, approached her car and demanded the woman’s wallet. When the woman hesitated, Morris pulled out a weapon that the victim described as a “stun gun.”
Police said Morris then reached into the victim’s purse, which was laying in the car seat, and took her wallet. Paige was the getaway driver.
The release said Paige stole three different women’s purses at Kroger, located at 941 N. Parkway, over a five-day period in late December.
The first theft occurred on Dec. 23, on which date Paige stole an 83-year-old woman’s purse from her cart while she was shopping.
The next day, on Christmas Eve, Paige stole the purse of a 73-year-old woman, who was loading groceries in her car when the theft occurred.
Four days later, on the afternoon of Dec. 28, Paige took the purse of a 55-year-old woman from her shopping cart while she was at the self-checkout machine. Police said Paige later made a purchase with the woman’s bank card at convenience store in Jackson.
Paige was arrested later that evening when he came back to the Kroger’s parking lot. The purse of the 55-year-old woman was still in Paige’s car at the time of his arrest.
On Jan. 7, around 2 p.m., Morris went to a 76-year-old woman’s house on Ellis Drive. The woman knew Morris and when the woman wasn’t looking, Morris tasered her several times in the neck with a stun gun. The victim was able to knock the Taser from Morris’ hand, which led Morris to begin strangling her. Morris demanded money and the woman complied, writing Morris a check. Morris then took the check and left the woman’s home.
Jackson police arrested Morris for the robbery on two days later on Jan. 9 and subsequently linked her to the other crimes.
After the couple’s arrests, investigators developed information that Paige and Morris were responsible for the break-in at Aloha Pools. the release said.