Police briefs

First Posted: 9/10/2009

n A $2,000 air-conditioning unit was discovered missing Wednesday at PD Quick Inc. on South Main Street, according to the Mount Airy Police Department. The unit was removed by someone who pulled it out of the ductwork, causing $200 in damage. This was the second such theft reported this week, on the heels of a heat pump/central air-conditioning unit valued at $3,000 being reported stolen from Marshalls Furniture on North South Street. Both incidents are still under investigation.
Police also were told Wednesday that a gun had been stolen from the residence of Alan L. Smith on Westwood Drive. Someone apparently entered the home the night before while it was unsecured and removed the Colt .38-caliber stainless revolver with pearl grips and a 4-inch barrel, valued at $350. The case remains open for further investigation.
A mother and her two daughters were cited Wednesday for concealment of merchandise totaling more than $300 at Wal-Mart. Mannie Anne Beketov, 44, of 525 George Chandler Road, is accused of concealing multiple items, including Tylenol, sunglasses and makeup valued at $305. Some items received damages of $65, according to arrest records. Beketovs daughters, Sarah Nicole Browder, 21, of 112 Nebraska Lane, and Christy Lynn Browder, 20, of the George Chandler Road address, are accused of concealing batteries valued at $20 and a bracelet watch worth $11, respectively. All three women are scheduled to appear in Surry District Court on Oct. 14.
Jamod Maurice Skipper, 22, of 4717 Ararat Highway in Ararat, Va., was charged Wednesday with feloniously obtaining property by false pretense. Skipper, an employee of Dominos Pizza, is alleged to have recently added a $10 tip to a receipt for a debit card transaction at the business, which is listed as the victim of the crime that was discovered Sunday. Skipper is free on a written promise to appear in Surry District Court on Oct. 12.
Raymond Lee Collins, 63, of 204 Booker St., was charged with driving while impaired Wednesday afternoon after an investigation of a wreck on West Virginia Street. Collins is scheduled to appear in District Court on Nov. 17.
It was reported Tuesday that someone had passed three stolen checks at Wal-Mart in recent months in order to obtain merchandise and money. The loss was put at $1,381. The crimes involving the obtaining of property by false pretense were committed by a known suspect, a 35-year-old white female, but the matter was still under investigation and no arrest had been made at last report.

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