Widow of Sun-Drop murder victim charged with unrelated embezzlement

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 2, 2009

CONCORD ó Concord Police have charged a 43-year-old woman with embezzling more than $60,000 from her employer over a period of four years.
Tressy Hackett Noles also happens to be the widow of one of two people murdered June 13 at Sun-Drop Bottling Co. of Concord.
But the Police Department indicated in its press release that the embezzlement has nothing to do with the murder of Darrell W. Noles, 44.
The Police Department said it was already investigating Tressy Noles before her husband’s shooting death. So far, no one has been charged in the Sun-Drop murders.
Police officials decided to delay serving the embezzlement warrants “out of respect for the grieving Noles family.”
“The decision to move ahead with these charges at this time has been a difficult one,” Concord Police Chief Merl Hamilton said in the press release. “We are bringing these charges at this time as the investigation is complete and to fulfill our obligation to the victim of the embezzlement. We also feel an obligation to the rest of the community.”
An employee of Spectrum Sales until April, Tressy Noles is accused of embezzling money between 2004 and 2008.
Police have said previously Darrell Noles went to the Sun-Drop plant June 13 to apply for a job.
Donna Barnhardt, 59, the other victim in the shooting, had worked at the company for 18 years.
Police say the shooter walked into the plant’s office around 10 a.m. during what they believe was a robbery.
Two employees working at the facility who did not hear the gunfire later found the bodies and called 911, he said.
The Police Department said its investigators “continue to work on the double homicide around the clock with all diligence.”