Woman charged with shoplifting, drug possession slips out of handcuffs

  • Posted: Monday, December 31, 2012 3:03 p.m.
Kelli Hydok
Kelli Hydok

Authorities said a Salisbury woman who was charged with shoplifting and drug possession escaped from her handcuffs long enough to hide items on her body.

Kelli Marie Hydok, 25, of Scaley Bark Drive, was charged Saturday with two counts of misdemeanor shoplifting, four counts of misdemeanor simple drug possession and one count of felony possession of a controlled substance on jail premises.


Salisbury Police received a call from Walmart loss prevention regarding an incident in the store. A woman authorities believed was taking items from the store was at the register making a purchase.

She left the store, officers arrived and stopped the vehicle the woman was riding in. Hydok, another woman and a juvenile were stopped in the parking lot of Murphy’s Express, just across from Walmart.

Hydok pulled items out of her purse, a report said, and was subsequently arrested. The other woman and juvenile were not arrested in the incident.

“She admitted they belonged to Walmart,” said Police Capt. Shelia Lingle.

The items, including two shirts, cosmetics and jewelry, were valued at $56.70, a police department report said.

Hydok also had two Clonazepam tablets, a drug used to treat seizure disorders or panic disorders, in her purse, the report said.

An officer noticed her left arm was free from the handcuffs en route to the jail. Hydok was handcuffed again and searched since officers found her shirt disheveled.

Once in the jail, officers found more pills and merchandise hidden on Hydok’s body, including two tubes of mascara in her underwear.

Authorities found nearly 20 pills located on Hydok, including hydrocodone and an anti-anxiety medication.

In 2009 and again in 2011, Hydok was convicted of misdemeanor larceny. She remains in the Rowan County Detention Center under a $10,500 bond.

Contact reporter Shavonne Potts at 704-797-4253.

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