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Pair found asleep in stolen pick up, charged with theft

By Shavonne Potts
shavonne.potts@salisburypost.com

A Salisbury pair found Sunday sleeping in a stolen pickup were also charged with stealing lawn and construction equipment from a van parked at the shelter.

Salisbury Police charged Joshua Dimitri Clark, 22, of the 200 block of North Long Street, with felony breaking and entering into a vehicle and felony larceny. Police also charged Kristyn Michele Wale, 28, who listed the same address, with felony breaking and entering, felony larceny and felony possession of a stolen vehicle.

The two were inside a Ford F-150 parked in the roadway at North Arlington and East Council streets. A bottle of some type of alcoholic beverage was found in the truck. A police officer poured out the remainder of the beverage.

A report said officers asked Wale to put on a T-shirt because her hooded sweatshirt exposed her bra.

Police searched the pickup and found a leaf blower, a skill saw, Dish Network boxes and other power tools.

A Woodleaf man told a Rowan Sheriff’s Office deputy that his roommate’s friend stole his pickup on Thursday during the early morning hours.

The victim said he believed Wale went into his room and took his vehicle keys from a pair of pants while he slept. He added that $148 was missing from the same pair of pants.

A deputy checked where Wale worked, but her co-worker said she never arrived.

Police say the pair also broke into a van that was parked at the Rowan Helping Ministries shelter. The owner of the van said it was last secured Friday night, but he did’t realize the power tools had been taken until the next morning when he drove it home.

Clark remains in the Rowan County Detention Center on this and other unrelated charges under a $1,000 secured bond. The day before he was charged with breaking into a vacant home with three others and issued a $500 secured bond in that incident.

Clark was just released from the N.C. Department of Corrections about three weeks ago after having served seven months in prison for felony breaking and entering, possession of firearm by felon, and obtaining property by false pretenses. He’s also been convicted of felony breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, felony larceny, forgery and financial card fraud.

Wale remains in the county jail under a $10,000 secured bond. She was just released four months ago for a larceny and harrassment conviction, both of which are misdemeanors. Wale has also been convicted of misdemeanor resisting arrest, larceny, communicating threats, trespassing, possession of drug paraphernalia, simple assault, and drunk and disorderly.

Contact reporter Shavonne Potts at 704-797-4253.

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