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Deputies arrest two after shoplifting reported

WASHINGTON - A pair of suspects were taken into custody Wednesday after shoplifting was reported at Walmart in Washington.

The two were Cole Emry-Stannard, 24, of Wayland, and Maci Kaye Hungerford, 33, of Fairfield. According to police reports found on Iowa Courts online, a member of Walmart’s asset protection team observed a female subject take merchandise off the shelf and place it in her purse. She, along with a male subject, allegedly exited the store without paying for the merchandise. The merchandise totaled $12.03 in value.

Walmart asset protection attempted to stop the suspect, but she allegedly continued walking and entered the passenger side of a parked car. The suspect vehicle was a silver Ford Focus, and left the Walmart heading east on Highway 92.

Washington County Sheriff’s Office notified Henry County Sheriff’s Office that a vehicle believed to be carrying stolen merchandise from Walmart was headed into Henry County on Highway 218. Henry County Sheriff’s deputies located the Ford Focus reported earlier and stopped it at the intersection of Highway 218 and 200th Street. Employees at Walmart identified the male subject as Cole Emry-Stannard, who was allegedly driving the car when deputies stopped it. The merchandise from Walmart was recovered from the vehicle. Deputies also found “a small amount of methamphetamine located in the vehicle with a couple ammunition rounds.”

Emry-Stannard was charged with possession of methamphetamine, driving while barred, failure to carry registration card, and provide proof of financial liability. Hungerford was charged with fifth degree theft, taken into custody and transported to Washington County.

All defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.