Mississippi mom accused of burglary says she was looking for militants

A Mississippi woman arrested after police say she broke into cars at her children's high school told officers she was looking for Islamic State militants.

Lisa Carol Roche, 41, of Hurley, was arrested Friday after authorities witnessed her breaking into cars at the high school after weeks of complaints of stolen property, said Capt. Curtis Spiers, a spokesman for the Jackson County Sheriff's Department.


Jackson County is in the southeastern part of the state, bordering Alabama.

When deputies pulled Roche over and told her what they witnessed, she gave them an excuse that had media from all over the country calling the sheriff's office, Spiers said.

"She said, 'Don't you watch the news? They are reporting ISIS terrorists are everywhere, and I was just checking the parking lot to make sure there were none there,'" Spiers said, using an acronym for Islamic State.

Spiers said the excuse was, by far, one of the worst and most random he had ever heard.

"We're all still scratching our heads about that one," Spiers said.

He said Roche had sunglasses and other property from students' cars in her vehicle.

Roche has a criminal record dating back to 1998 with numerous entries for burglary and embezzlement, Spiers said.

She is still in jail on a $5,000 bond, he said.

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