MORGANTON -- Shoplifting suspects threw stolen goods out of a moving car after police initiated a traffic stop Friday afternoon.
Erin Marie Watson, 19, of 38 Wheeler Drive in Nebo, was sitting in the passenger seat when officers pulled a vehicle over after responding to a larceny call at Walmart, an arrest report said. She allegedly opened the car door and threw out some of the items two others were accused of stealing.
Watson was cited for larceny, possession or receiving goods from construction site, aiding and abetting a larceny, possession of drug paraphernalia and littering, her arrest report said. She was cited and released and given a Sept. 19 court date.
Joshua Neil Morton, 27, of the same address, was charged with felony larceny by destroying antitheft device, felony possession of a schedule II substance, misdemeanor larceny of property, receiving or possessing stolen goods and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, according to his arrest report.
Morton was charged after a Walmart loss prevention officer in Morganton identified him as a suspect who removed a “spider wire” anti-theft device from a hydration backpack, the report said.
The driver of the vehicle, Casey Mack Miller, 29, of the same address, said that there were multiple knives and BB guns hidden inside the vehicle, prompting officers to begin a search, Officer C. A. Lail with the Morganton Department of Public Safety wrote in the arrest report.
Officers found a small bag with a white crystal-like residue that field-tested positive for methamphetamine, and a used smoking pipe and scale with residue on it, but Morton claimed he used the scale to weigh his “vape juices” for his electronic cigarette.
Miller, the driver of the vehicle, was charged with misdemeanor larceny of property, receiving or possessing stolen goods, according to his arrest report.