Police briefs


First Posted: 9/9/2009

n A heat pump/central air-conditioning unit valued at $3,000 was discovered missing Tuesday from Marshalls Furniture on North South Street, according to the Mount Airy Police Department. Someone removed the HVAC unit, which was last known to be secure on Saturday, from behind the building after cutting connecting lines. Dean Bray is listed as the victim in the case, which remains open for further investigation.
Police also are investigating the theft of rings valued at $1,850, reported Tuesday by April Ann Chittester, a Grace Street resident. Stolen was a wedding ring set including three 14-karat gold rings containing diamonds. They are said to have been removed from Chittesters purse at an unknown time and location; the rings were last known to be secure on June 8. No suspect has been identified, according to police records.
A Shindaiwa weedeater valued at $250 was reported stolen Tuesday from the bed of a truck owned by Robert Bruce Chappell of Sparger Road. The weedeater was taken while the vehicle was at Heritage House Apartments on Cherry Street.
Also Tuesday, it was reported that hub caps valued at $200 had been stolen from a 1970 Chevrolet Malibu owned by Benny Martin Bruner while it was parked at 89 Service Center on West Pine Street. Included were chrome center caps and chrome trim rims. The case is listed as inactive, with no leads to pursue at this time.
Two buildings were discovered broken into Tuesday at Mount Airy High School. The structures, located near the school ballfields and last known to be secure on Saturday, were forcibly entered by someone who cut off a padlock and caused other damage before stealing a container of gasoline. The case is under investigation by the school resource officer.
It was reported Tuesday that medication and other property had been stolen last Thursday from an unlocked 2000 Oldsmobile parked at Lowes Foods. Taken were 145 dosage units of prescription medication, a diabetic insulin syringe and a mens shaving and grooming kit. The victims were listed as Rodney Reginald Ratcliff of Sherry Drive and Teresa M. Lyons of Pilot Mountain. The case remains open for further investigation.
A Magellan GPS system valued at $550 was reported stolen Monday from an unlocked vehicle owned by Marty Conrad Rivera, an employee of U.S. Cellular who lives in Woodlawn, Va. The GPS system, gray and black with a 4.5-inch screen, was taken from a company location on Edgewood Drive. The case is listed as inactive, with no leads to pursue at this time.
It also was reported Monday that two advertisement signs valued at $60 had been stolen from the roadside at Wyatts Trading Post on West Pine Street. The case is listed as inactive, with no leads to pursue at this time.
North Carolina license tag XNJ7608 was reported stolen Sunday from a 2006 Mitsubishi Eclipse owned by Philip Gray Snow, a Cleve Street resident. The theft occurred while the vehicle was unattended at Bottom Dollar Foods, where Snow works. The case remains open for further investigation.
Amanda Dawn Tate, 27, of 101 Bitting Ave., was cited Saturday for allegedly allowing a vicious dog to run at large after Rebecca Lynn Watkins, also of Bitting Avenue, was bitten while walking past Tates residence. The dog was quarantined by county animal-control officers, with Tate scheduled to appear in Surry District Court on Oct. 12.

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