MORGANTON -- It all started with bags of electronics, mattress pads and groceries.
A concerned shopper called police June 14 after she witnessed a couple stealing these items from the Walmart on Morganton Heights Boulevard.
When police approached the suspects’ vehicle, David Richard Cable took off, initiating a 110-mph chase that ended with a crash and Cable escaping on foot.
But Cable, 40, of Nebo, was surrendered by a bail bondsman to a local jail Aug. 31, more than two months after he eluded police, according to Burke County Sheriff Steve Whisenant.
Sgt. Carswell with the Morganton Department of Public Safety said officers were already at the Walmart on June 14 in response to a separate larceny, according to a previous News Herald article.
While investigating the larceny, Carswell said they were told about Cable loading stolen items into a Ford Escape with Kylie Cherie Hilton, 38, of Marion.
A Morganton resident said she called to report the shoplifting at 11:29 p.m., according to a previous News Herald article. The witness said she was at Walmart two hours earlier and noticed the suspects were walking around the store suspiciously but did not have any items at the time.
“The woman was acting really bizarre,” the witness said June 15. “My first instinct was they were in there to shoplift.”
When the witness returned to the store after realizing she forgot some items, she said Hilton had loaded what appeared to be mattress pads, electronics and food items into a shopping cart.
The witness said she continued to watch the couple and stood close enough to the checkout machine they were using to hear the sounds it was making.
“It looked like they were scanning items, but they weren’t scanning all of them,” she said. “They would act like they were scanning something but would just place it in the buggy.”
The witness said she then left the store, identified the Ford Escape’s tag number and called police. Carswell said an officer responded to the call by pulling behind the vehicle and turning on his emergency lights.
“He cranked the vehicle, and they took off,” the witness said. “He jumped all the little concrete planters in the parking lot and sped out of the way and got away.”
Officers in two police cars chased Cable from West Fleming Drive onto Sanford Drive, which then turned into Kirksey Drive, Carswell said. It was on Kirksey Drive that speeds reached 110 mph in a 45-mph zone.
Cable then turned onto East Union Street and attempted to turn into Seiren, but he was going too fast. Instead, he drove down into a ravine next to the entrance, Carswell said.
“I knew at that speed, he wasn’t going to make that turn,” Carswell said. “He came straight off a bank, all the way up across the entrance (to Seiren) and went straight down into the woods.”
Carswell said Cable missed a tree by about 3 feet. Hilton was removed from the vehicle, transported to a local hospital and charged with a misdemeanor count of resisting, delaying or obstructing an officer and failure to wear a seatbelt.
Cable abandoned the vehicle and escaped into the woods. About 18 individuals from multiple agencies conducted grid searches near the scene in the days following the crash but were unable to find Cable.
A shirt and a $20 bill about 100 yards from the scene of the crash were some of the only clues authorities found, according to a previous News Herald article.
When Cable was surrendered to a local jail Aug. 31, he was served by BCSO with multiple felony and larceny charges.
His felonies include possession of a weapon by a felon and possession of a weapon of mass destruction. His misdemeanors include unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, driving while impaired, driving during revocation, reckless driving to endanger and four counts of failure to appear/comply.
Cable was given a $59,000 secured bond at the magistrate’s office and was taken to a local jail. He was scheduled to appear in court Sept. 5.
Cable has multiple previous felony convictions, including larceny over $1,000, possession of a firearm by a felon, breaking and entering, larceny of a motor vehicle and larceny of firearms.