Shoplifting arrest leads to multiple charges

by Hale Hughes

On Saturday, April 29, City of Woodville Police Officer Steven Hoke was dispatched to Wal-mart regarding a reported shop-lifting report that had originally occurred days earlier on April 23. Loss prevention personnel from the store told Hoke that a few days earlier on April 23, the female was observed taking items but left the premises before she could be identified. Hoke met with the store's loss prevention officer and was advised that the female subject was currently in the parking lot area.

Hoke located the female subject in question and made contact with her. He asked the woman about the incident that occurred on April 23. She admitted to him that she was involved. He obtained the woman's identification and identified her as Tiffany K. Sallas, age 34, of Woodville. A routine check revealed that she had an outstanding warrant of arrest from Calcasieu Parish, LA for a theft offense.

While waiting on the confirmation of the outstanding warrant, Sallas began to walk away from the situation and the officer. Hoke caught up with Sallas and a struggle ensued. Sallas continued to resist the officer as he attempted to secure her in his patrol car. Backup was called and Sargeant Borel arrived at the location and assisted. Sallas was secured and subsequently transported to the Tyler County Jail. Hoke later recovered several tablets from Sallas's purse that were concealed in an aspirin bottle. The tablets were later identified as prescription Xanax.

After arriving at the jail, Borel questioned the suspect about having additional illegal contraband on her person, which is routine police procedure. During the search of the Sallas's person by jail staff, Sallas attempted to destroy drug evidence by flushing it in a nearby toilet. Jail staff reported to the officers that Sallas became aggressive and attempted to forcibly take back the evidence away from the jail staff. Sallas continued with her aggressive behavior and assaulted the jail staff while attempting to take the evidence. Additional jail staff was summoned and they secured the suspect and the drug evidence, finally ending the high maintenance arrest.

Sallas faced multiple charges after the whole ordeal. She was formally charged with Resisting Arrest, Search or Transportation/ Possession of a Controlled Substance, PG#3 less than 28 grams/ Possession of a Controlled Substance PG#1 less than one gram/ Prohibited Substance in a Correctional Facility/ Tamper Fabricate Physical Evidence w/intent to Impair/ Assault on a Public Servant along with the outstanding warrant from Calcasieu Parish, LA. The bonds on Sallas totaled $87,500.