Police Briefs

First Posted: 12/24/2009

– Catherine Tiffin Spainhour, 20, of 156 Edwards Drive, was charged Wednesday with three felony offenses in connection with an incident last week involving a stolen and forged check, according to Mount Airy police.
Spainhour is accused of forgery of an instrument, attempted uttering and possession of stolen goods/property. She allegedly attempted to pass a forged check for $500 at BB&T on North Main Street on Dec. 15. It was among checks that had been reported stolen on Dec. 11 from Roger Allen Davis of Ashley Lane. Spainhour is free on a $2,500 unsecured bond and is scheduled to be in Surry District Court on Jan. 14.
– Brian Russell Smith, 35, of 203 Southridge Drive, was cited for larceny on Dec. 17 after an off-duty officer with the N.C. Highway Patrol saw him allegedly leave a Dollar General store with an MP3 player valued at $25. Smith, who admitted to the theft, according to arrest records, is to be in court on Jan. 25.
– Shane Gray Hawks, 19, of 2448 Pine Ridge Road, was cited for shoplifting/larceny on Dec. 17 at Wal-Mart, involving merchandise valued at $15.
– A case of property damage was reported on Dec. 17 in which someone threw an object at a vehicle owned by Don Gordon Moore Jr. of North Country Hills Drive. The windshield was struck during the incident that occurred on Newsome Street, with the damage put at $225. The case remains open for further investigation.
– City police are investigating the theft of a vehicle during a break-in on Dec. 16 at Pauls Painting and Decorating on South South Street. Someone caused $100 in damage to a chain-link fence, then removed a blue Chevrolet Silverado truck equipped with a ladder rack, the model of which was not listed, from the premises. The pickup is valued at $8,000.
– A counterfeit $100 bill was used to buy two Christmas wreaths at Bourgeois Trees on North Andy Griffith Parkway on Dec. 16. The wreaths are valued at $30 and the black male suspect, about 20 years old, who presented the bill received $70 in change. The case, which involves counterfeiting as well as obtaining property by false pretenses, was still under investigation at last report.
– In another counterfeiting-related case on Dec. 16, two $20 bills found to be bogus were passed by an unknown white male at the Bottom Dollar grocery store on West Pine Street. No arrest has been reported in that incident as well.
– Saws and other equipment valued at $1,375 were reported stolen on Dec. 16 from the Arch Street residence of Gerald Lee Ramey. The theft occurred in late November after a locked latch was pried from the door of a building on the premises. The case remains open for further investigation.
– A break-in and larceny involving a motor vehicle was reported on Dec. 16 by Shirley Keathley McMillian of West Oakdale Street. A radio/CD player valued at $100 was stolen from McMillians unlocked 1996 Plymouth Voyager parked at her residence. The case remains open for further investigation.
– Damage to a vehicle and a larceny were reported on Dec. 15 at a home on Fairlane Drive, where a wheel and tire were stolen from the back of a truck, which also was damaged in an attempt to gain entry. Door-lock damage estimated at $100 resulted, with the stolen property valued at $20. The victim of the crime is Stanley Andrew Christian of Creed Street. The case remains open for further investigation.
– James Calvin Ring of Galax, Va., reported an attempted larceny on Dec. 15 that involved someone trying to steal the catalytic converter from his 1984 Chevrolet Celebrity while it was parked at Wal-Mart. The tailpipe was cut from the vehicle. Damage estimated at $25 resulted from the incident. The case remains open for further investigation.
– A bottle of Patron Silver tequila valued at $24 was reported stolen on Dec. 15 from the Mount Airy ABC Store. A woman concealed the liquor and left the store without paying. The case remains open for further investigation.
– A tow dolly valued at $1,136 was reported stolen on Dec. 14 from Leonard Building & Truck Accessories on North Andy Griffith Parkway. The tow dolly later was located at the scene of a hit-and-run accident, with no other details provided.
– James Harvey Lawson, 49, of 506 Rockford St., was charged with defrauding an innkeeper after allegedly leaving Sagebrush on Woodland Drive without paying for $14 in beer on Dec. 14 . Lawson was held in the Surry County Jail under a $1,500 secured bond and is scheduled to appear in District Court on Jan. 7.
– James Martin Padgett of Bitting Avenue discovered a theft at his home on Dec. 10 involving $40 being taken from a bedroom by an unknown party. The case remains open for further investigation.

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