Woodleaf pair accused of stealing, then returning, items for cash

Published 12:05 pm Monday, May 23, 2016

By Shavonne Walker


SALISBURY — A Woodleaf couple are accused of stealing over $70 worth of items from Walmart and then attempting to return the items for money. Authorities say the two were found with drugs on them.

Salisbury Police charged David Wayne Hastings, 31, and his wife, Jessie Lee Tolliver Hastings, 27, both of the 10400 block of Depot Road. Both remain in the Rowan County Detention Center, David Hastings under a $7,000 secured bond and Jessie Hastings under a $1,000 secured bond.

Law enforcement officers were called to Walmart, 323 S. Arlington St., just before 9 p.m. on Sunday from the store’s loss prevention which indicated a larceny was in progress there. A loss prevention officer had a man, later identified as David Hastings, detained, while a woman was spotted in a vehicle in the parking lot.

Police said Jessie Hastings stole $70.21 worth of items including a padlock set, shoes and two packs of men’s boxers. Officials followed Jessie Hastings to the vehicle and upon searching it discovered three oxycodone pills, used syringes, metal spoons, residue and razors.

David Hastings faces felony obtaining property by false pretenses, misdemeanor simple possession of schedule II controlled substances, possession of drug paraphernalia. Jessie Hastings was charged with misdemeanor larceny, simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

David Hastings has previously been convicted of misdemeanor larceny and disorderly conduct.