Three Charged in Thefts from Home Improvement Store

An off-duty detective who was at the Lowe’s Improvement Store in Mooresville (North Carolina) on April 25 uncovered a theft ring spanning six years, said Iredell Sheriff Darren Campbell.

As a result, three people, Kody Ryan Wells, 35, of Denver, Ryan Wade Yoder and Jessica Nicole Hawkins, 39, both of Mayhew Park Lane, Mooresville, were arrested on larceny charges, he said.

Campbell said Detective Chris Lamberth witnessed an employee trying to stop a man who was pushing a cart with electrical wire and other items. The employee, Campbell said, suspected the man didn’t pay for the items. Lamberth intervened and assisted the employee in stopping the man. Campbell said the items were recovered and return to the store.

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Lamberth took down the information from the vehicle the man was in before it left the store. He contacted the loss prevention and regional asset protection teams with Lowe’s when he returned to work. Lamberth learned they were investigating numerous thefts involving the same man, Campbell said.

Campbell said Lamberth determined Wells and Yoder had committed numerous larcenies from several Lowe’s stores during a six-year period. The vehicle used belongs to Hawkins, Campbell said. He said she allowed the two to use her Ford Explorer in the thefts…  Record & Landmark

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