MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — A woman allegedly confessed to stealing guns to pay for her bail on Friday, Dec. 10, according to the Mobile County Sherriff’s Office (MCSO).

Mary Jackson told MCSO she stole the weapons from a home on Viana Street E. so she could sell them to pay for her 17 felony warrants.

Mobile County Sheriff’s Office

The firearms belong to Robert Thomas, who is familiar to Jackson. Thomas said he was just with Jackson as recent as this past Thanksgiving.

“I knew her pretty well. 10 years ago, we ran into each other again, and we started dating just real briefly,” Thomas said. “I don’t even think for a week, or maybe just a little more.”

Thomas says this was unlike Jackson to steal from anyone.

“She was a terrific individual, and she would have never done this, but when you lose your moral
compass that’s what happens,” Thomas said. “And you want to blame the person for doing this but it’s deeper than that…”

MCSO says Jackson hid 14 guns in different places throughout the county. Officers found all but one of them.

Jackson was booked into Mobile Metro Jail and charged with first-degree burglary, as well as 17-counts of fraudulent credit card use.

“Given the violence with stolen guns, MCSO detectives and special operations unit worked diligently throughout the day and evening to make sure the guns were recovered and did not fall into the hands of those that would use them for any additional crimes,” the sheriff’s office stated in a press release.

Editors note: A previous version of this story reported 15 guns were stolen.