A Rutherford County probation office was charged Sunday for stealing a car.
Christy Dawn McGalliard, 27, of 1940 Sunnyside Drive in Morganton, was charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle, according to an arrest report from the Morganton Department of Public Safety.
The charge came after police were called to a suspicious vehicle at 412 Bethel Road, the report said. Police contacted the vehicle’s owner after discovering it had been reported stolen.
The owner told police she gave McGalliard a key to the car to charge her phone, and that she wasn’t sure why McGalliard would have taken the car, the report said. The owner also said several items were missing from the vehicle’s center console, and her phone charger was gone.
McGalliard’s boyfriend arrived and told police he had spoken with her a couple of hours before, but that he had been trying to call her all night, the report said. He said it was out of the ordinary for McGalliard to ignore his calls, and the owner of the stolen vehicle agreed.
Police issued a BOLO for McGalliard and her vehicle as a missing person and started searching for her, the report said. Later that morning, McGalliard returned to the home in her own vehicle.
According to the report, McGalliard was sobbing on the phone, apparently telling the owner of the vehicle that she didn’t mean to take it.
McGalliard told officers she had taken medication for depression and had two shots, then took the car to get repaired because she thought something was wrong with it, the report said.
However, McGalliard said she got lost and left the car in a driveway, then walked back to her truck, the report said. McGalliard wasn’t sure how she got there, but said she remembered “walking forever,” the report said.
McGalliard said she then went to sleep in the parking lot of Roses because it was close to her grandma’s house and she missed her, the report said.
McGalliard’s bond was set at $5,000 secured, the report said. Her first court date was set for Monday.