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David Giles, 37, of Afton, was taken into custody 3 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Union County Law Enforcement Center on a Union County warrant for the charge of theft, fifth degree.

According to a Creston Police report, Jan. 11 officers were dispatched to a theft call at Express Laundry where they met with the victim and the manager of the establishment who provided security footage of the theft. At approximately 8:40 p.m. Jan. 10, Giles reportedly removed clothing not belonging to him from a washing machine at the business.

The victim told officers his wife had to leave the clothes in the machine when the door to the machine remained locked after the cycle was finished. He stated his wife had talked with the manager at the time, who told her he would take care of it after his shift at the restaurant next door was over and would call her when he had the machine open. The manager said when he went to open it, the clothes were gone.

Security footage clearly shows Giles enter the business shortly after the victim leaves. Giles is seen pushing buttons on the machine and pulling on the door until it opens. He then inspected the contents of the machine before going outside to his vehicle and getting a large black bag which he used to put all of the wet clothing in. Giles then put the bag back into his vehicle and left.

Giles was transported to the Union County Jail where he was released from after posting $300 cash or surety bond.