We can be royals — ‘Princess Diana’ arrested on shoplifting charge

Elizabeth ‘Princess Diana’ Franklin
Elizabeth ‘Princess Diana’ Franklin

There was nothing royal about the arrest of Princess Diana Franklin of Mobile by Biloxi police Wednesday.

In fact, the “people’s princess” turned out to be Elizabeth Dionne Franklin, 34, who is wanted in Mobile on a laundry list of charges including leaving the scene of a an accident.

The confusion started Wednesday when Franklin was arrested along with Yolanda Renee Green, 39, and Kristy Michelle Crosby, 35, both of Pascagoula, who were sought by Biloxi police after being accused in a theft from an Edgewater Mall department store.

A vehicle meeting the description given to police was stopped a few blocks away at Pass Road and Eisenhower Drive.

Police Lt. Chris De Back said Franklin, Green and Crosby were in the car and were found to be in possession of more than $1,000 of stolen merchandise.

Each was arrested on a charge of felony shoplifting and they were taken to the Harrison County Adult Detention Center, where Judge Albert Fountain gave them each a $25,000 bond.

Although Franklin told the arresting officers she was 37-year-old Princess Diana Franklin, De Back said a retina scan at the jail matched that of Elizabeth Dionne Franklin, who is 34 and wanted in Baldwin County, Alabama, on a larceny charge as well as several other charges in Mobile.

De Back said Baldwin County and Mobile authorities were notified of Franklin’s arrest.