Shoplifting incident leads to drug charges for Clive man

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Dillon James Steward, 28, of Clive was arrested Tuesday on charges of controlled substance violation, first-offense possession of a controlled substance-methamphetamine, failure to affix drug stamp and fifth-degree theft.

A Clive man was arrested on drug charges Tuesday night after allegedly shoplifting at a West Des Moines sporting goods store.

Dillon James Steward, 28, of 2185 N.W. 159th St., Clive, was charged with controlled substance violation, first-offense possession of a controlled substance-methamphetamine, failure to affix drug stamp and fifth-degree theft.

The incident began about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Scheels store at 101 Jordan Creek Parkway in West Des Moines, where Steward allegedly “selected a headlamp from a shelf” and “took the headlamp to customer service and returned the item for store credit without paying for the item,” according to court records.

Steward allegedly “returned to the store in the evening to purchase items” with the $106.99 in store credit.

Officers of the West Des Moines Police Department made contact with Steward, who was allegedly found to have “1.7 grams of a white, powder-like substance” that was “located inside a white metal container attached to a key ring,” according to court records. The substance field tested positive for methamphetamine.

Steward was also allegedly found to have “18 pills of Clonazepam, a Schedule IV drug,” inside “a blue metal container on a key ring,” according to court records.

Steward is held in the Dallas County Jail on a $10,000 cash-only bond. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing April 2 in Dallas County District Court.

Steward was convicted of third-degree theft in 2018 in Polk County District Court.

*A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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