An additional arrest has been made in connection with the May 17 theft of cash in the alley west of the 100 block of South Summit Street.

Ivy Beals, 53, of Arkansas City, was arrested June 13 and booked into the Cowley County Jail on one count of misdemeanor interference with a law enforcement officer after voluntarily turning herself in.

She was released an hour after her booking after paying a $1,000 surety bond.

The details of her alleged involvement in the theft have not been released yet. Her first appearance in district court is set for June 27.

Beals is employed as a case worker by Angels in the Attic, Inc.

After learning of her arrest, Ark City Daily Bytes submitted a list of questions to the Angels in the Attic board of directors, which declined to answer them.

But the board did release the following statement regarding the situation:

“The governing board of Angels in the Attic, Inc. is cooperating with the authorities in an ongoing investigation. We take seriously our mission of ‘Serving Neighbors, Strengthening Community.’ We are grateful for the community’s outstanding support and will continue striving to use all resources for the betterment of our community.”

Original theft incident

On May 17, a 49-year-old Arkansas City woman reported that while her car was parked in the alley, Joseph Benjamin Irvin, 32, also of Arkansas City, allegedly removed her wallet from her purse, which was located in her vehicle.

The wallet was found near the car, but money was missing from it.

Irvin was identified as a suspect, and arrested that same day on suspicion of burglary and theft. He later was released from jail on $4,000 bond and his case is pending through Cowley County District Court in Arkansas City.

A news release issued by the Arkansas City Police Department stated the investigation was ongoing and other suspects might be identified at a later date.

Irvin, who is Beals’ son, could be seen working at the Angels in the Attic thrift store regularly as a volunteer.

Angels in the Attic

Angels in the Attic was founded in 2015 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit that was designed specifically to meet local needs with local leadership and resources.It was formed in response to the decision by the Salvation Army to close its thrift store in Arkansas City.

It was formed in response to the decision by the Salvation Army to close its thrift store in Arkansas City.

Several former Salvation Army employees were hired to provide thrift shop and case management services even as that agency scaled back its presence in Cowley County.

Current services provided by Angels include a food pantry, commodities distribution, assistance with utility payments and medications, a thrift store, and life skills programs, such as budgeting, cooking, job skills development and more.

The thrift shop was opened in March 2016.

Items donated to Angels in the Attic are sold through the store, or donated to individuals or families in need.

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