INDIANAPOLIS, Ind (Oct. 16, 2015)--The Marion County Sheriff's Office is actively looking for an inmate who was mistakenly released from jail Thursday afternoon.
It is believed that Jessica Stringer stole the identity of another inmate and deceived the jail staff into letting her out.
This wrongful release comes just one day after the Marion County jail staff reorganized its leadership, following a series of wrongful releases and a recent high-profile inmate suicide.
"I had my things ready, I was ready to go home," said Sara Stinson.
Thursday, Stinson was ready to go home after she was court ordered to be released from the Marion County Jail. She was originally arrested at the Beech Grove Walmart on theft and drug charges.
However, Jessica Stringer was released instead--a case of inmate stolen identity.
"I started to panic, especially when I saw that my arm band was not on my bed," said Stinson.
Stinson said she took a shower and removed her jail identification bracelet and left it in her cell.
"I went to take a shower, came back and I laid down for just a little bit and I woke up and saw all of her things were gone," said Stinson.
Stinson’s ID bracelet was gone, her identity stolen, and her cell mate Stringer used it to walk out of the Marion County Jail.
"They said we look alike, but she has dark hair, my hair is blonde. She had brown eyes, mine are blue and green. I don't think we look anything alike," said Stinson.
"We got a warrant and we are looking for her, " said Sgt. Joe Poskey, Marion County Sheriff's Warrants Unit.
We rode with the warrant team as they aggressively tried to track Stringer down.
They checked gas stations, known addresses and even caught up with a woman who was in jail with Stringer earlier this week.
"I got out Monday and she was in there then. That's all I know," said the woman.
"I'm scared if she goes to another state and tries to steal my identity," said Stinson.
Stinson says her property—which included a purse filled with credit cards and her social security number was also mistakenly handed over to Stringer.
"They need to do something more and pay more attention to how they release people because they could release someone dangerous or who shouldn't be out," said Stinson.
Hours later, Stinson was released from the Marion County Jail. A warrant was issued for Stringer and she now faces elevated charges for escape, forgery and identity deception.