FORT WORTH, Texas - Fort Worth police said items taken from a bait car ended up inside a car that belongs to Jacqueline Craig. She is the mother who made headlines last year after cellphone video of her arrest went viral.
According to police, detectives set out a bait car in a neighborhood that’s had a lot of break-ins over the past week. There were GPS tracking devices attached to some of the property inside the car.
Someone reportedly broke into the car Tuesday evening and took two items that police tracked to the 5100 block of Brook Meadow Lane. The officers spotted the items inside a Dodge Journey that was parked in the driveway.
“They were observed in plain view in a vehicle parked in a driveway at his location,” explained Fort Worth Police Spokesperson Brad Perez. “The vehicle is registered to Miss Jackie Craig."
The officers knocked on the door and 53-year-old Lawrence Lane Jr. answered. Police said he admitted to taking the items and was arrested on a felony theft charge because of his extensive criminal history.
Police confirmed Lane is Craig’s boyfriend. He was staying at her home and the stolen items were found in her Dodge Journey.
In December of 2016, Craig called the police for help because she claimed her neighbor had assaulted her young son. Officer William Martin responded and ended up arrested Craig and her two daughters.
“There was no direct link to her and this offense,” explained Perez.
Fort Worth police said she was not arrested after Tuesday’s incident. Her attorney said she was not aware of what happened until people started calling her.
“She's upset because the main question is why does the Fort Worth Police Department keep involving here in things she's not involved in,” said Rod Smith, Craig’s cousin and family spokesperson.
Police say Lane borrowed Craig's car, and she was not with him during the theft. Still, Craig’s family and supporters are upset that any light that shines her way becomes a glare.
"The question I have for the police department is leave my family the hell alone,” Smith said.
Fort Worth police say once the investigation was complete, they handed Craig her car keys and left.