Webb Road Flea market vendor charged with stealing customer’s wallet

Published 2:46 pm Tuesday, April 30, 2019

By Shavonne Walker


SALISBURY — A vendor at Webb Road Flea Market was charged with stealing the wallet of a customer.

The woman was also in possession of a small amount of marijuana, authorities said.

The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office charged Larissa Marie Martin, 32, of the 1000 block of Captain’s Quarters Drive, Apartment 14, Dallas, with misdemeanor larceny, misdemeanor simple possession of marijuana and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

The theft happened Sunday at the flea market, 375 Leach Road. Joel Martinez-Rodriguez said Martin’s table was the only one he had stopped at. He said his wallet was missing and he believed Martin had it.

Martin denied multiple times that she had the wallet, but a Sheriff’s Officer report noted that she seemed nervous. She eventually gave a deputy consent to search her minivan as she was packing up.

The officer saw a wallet in the vehicle that contained an identification card belonging to Martinez-Rodriguez, as well as money, his debit cards and other cards with his name on them.

Martin then admitted that there was some marijuana in the center console.

The deputy found 5.1 grams of marijuana and a blue smoking pipe. She was arrested and taken to the Rowan County Detention Center, where she was issued a $500 secured bond. She has since been released.