On April 17, 2014, Hastings Police responded to the Family Fare grocery store to a reported retail fraud. Hastings Officers were informed by the store employees that a male subject had stolen $182.15 worth of merchandise which included two hams and 17 blocks of cheese. Hastings Officers located a subject matching the description of the suspect and identified that person as BRANDON ALAN HAMMOND , 33 years old of Hastings. HAMMOND admitted to Officers that he had taken the items from the store but had planned to pay for them. Hastings Officers placed HAMMOND under arrest and lodged him at the Barry County Jail for retail fraud.
On April 16, 2014, Hastings Police was contacted by Family Fare grocery store about a retail fraud involving over $300 worth of merchandise. Hastings Police were informed that a male subject entered the store at approximately 3:25am, filled a couple of grocery baskets full of merchandise which included blocks of cheese, alcohol, sausage and magazines and attempted to leave the store. Hastings Officers were informed that as the male subject was leaving the store he fell and spilled the stolen merchandise. Hastings Officers were given the name of the suspect and the investigation is ongoing.