Chowan shoplifting suspects arrested in Currituck after chase from Dare

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By William F. West
Staff Writer

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

CURRITUCK — A pair of Chowan County shoplifting suspects are facing a number of felony charges after leading law enforcement officials on a nearly 30-mile chase Monday that began in Dare County and ended in Currituck County.

Calvin Alston, 34, of the 100 block of Oakdale Drive, and Luis Cruz, 23, of the 2500 block of Rocky Hock Road, were arrested in a farm field in the 4300 block of Caratoke Highway, which is near Currituck middle and high schools.

Both men are charged with felony larceny and felony larceny of a merchant, according to Dare County court records. In addition, Alston is charged with felony fleeing/eluding arrest with a motor vehicle, speeding, reckless driving to endanger and driving while license revoked.

According to the Kitty Hawk Police Department’s Facebook page, Alston and Cruz fled the Walmart in Kitty Hawk with more than $1,000 in stolen merchandise, including a 50-inch television.

No additional information was immediately available from Kitty Hawk police, but the Outer Banks Voice website said a state trooper deployed “stopsticks” to flatten the tires of the shoplifting suspects’ vehicle at the base of the J.P. Knapp Bridge in Coinjock.

N.C. Public Safety records show Alston has a prior criminal record. He was convicted earlier this year in both Pasquotank and Chowan counties on charges of larceny. He also served a year in state prison after his 2015 conviction in Warren County for speeding to elude arrest.

Alston also has convictions for theft-related and drug-related charges in Warren County as well as a driving while impaired conviction in Vance County.