Fake names land $10 million bonds

Cogshell, Morris and Missouri
Steve Rogers
Staff Writer

Their criminal records make them sound like petty thieves out of a bad version of “Thelma and Louise.” Now their bonds have been set at $10 million while West Point Police confirm where all they might be wanted.

The three women were arrested at about 4 a.m. Thursday for breaking the window of a car and stealing a purse in the parking lot of North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point. A hospital security guard saw the incident on a security video feed, called police and monitored them as officers arrived quickly and caught the three women.

The women gave police the names of Tabitha Keys, Krystal Hill and Katrice Missouri, which are the names under which they originally were booked in the Clay County Jail and the names Police Chief Avery Cook released.

But police were suspicious of their identities, especially after a Clay County Sheriff’s Department jailer ran their fingerprints and Keys came back as Hkavona Venquell Morris and Hill’s came back as Cameko Latoya Cogsdell. Missouri’s came back as her own.

Their names have been updated on the Clay County Jail website.

The three aren’t strangers to law enforcement in and around Little Rock, Ark., where they are from.

In fact, Morris is wanted for absconding from her state probation officer, according to Arkansas Department of Correction records.

Morris has a record in at least Saline and Pulaski counties in Arkansas and the city of Sherwood.

She first was sentenced on July 26, 2007 as habitual offender for 11 counts of theft, forgery and credit card fraud. She pleaded to another forgery charge in January 2008.

On April 15, 2013, she was sent back to prison for probation violation and 13 more counts of theft, forgery and fraud. Another forgery and theft plea was entered on May 20, 2013.

She was placed on parole supervision in April 2016 and was rated as a medium risk by probation officers almost every month until absconding in 2017, according to Arkansas Department of Corrections records.

On Sept. 5, 2017, she and Cogshell were accused of playing a two-person distraction theft on a boutique owner in Malvern, Ark. One distracted the owner in the rear of the store while the other took the store owner’s purse and cash from the register.

The two quickly went to another location and used a debit card to start getting cash. But they were caught on video and identified as Morris and Cogshell.

At one point, the original store owner went to another store where the two where the two had been spotted trying to steal again and went after them with a baseball bat, according to media reports at the time. Morris escaped but Cogshell was caught.

The two were suspected of doing the same thing at businesses in Hot Springs, Texarkana and Jonesboro, Ark.

Cogshell apparently was out on bond at the time because she had been arrested on Jan. 13, 2017 for 13 counts of felony theft and two counts of credit car fraud, according to online searches.

In a 2012 plea-bargain agreement, she was sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to four counts of  theft by receiving stemming credit card fraud. She served 144 days, according to online records.

She was on parole for that sentence when she was arrested in 2017 for the string of new thefts and credit card frauds.

She also has federal theft convictions dating back to 2008.

Interestingly, the Tabitha Keys name Morris used is a real person who has been in trouble in Arkansas previously. An online records search did not find any prior records for the Hill name.

Missouri was arrested in Little Rock on Dec. 18, 2018 on a fugitive warrant, but it’s unclear what the warrant was for or how she managed to get out again.

The three could face arraignment in West Point Municipal Court as early as Monday.

When they were caught Thursday, they told police they were on their way from Arkansas to Florida, Chief Cook said.