Police Briefs


First Posted: 2/28/2009

– Thanks to an alarm system, a break-in was thwarted at a local auto-service business, according to the Mount Airy Police Department. Someone attempted to gain entry to Laser Lube and Service Center on Rockford Street about 2 a.m. Friday by removing a panel from a garage door. However, an audible alarm was triggered, preventing the intrusion. The incident remains open for further investigation.
– A vehicle was reported stolen Thursday night from 89 Service Center on West Pine Street. The white, four-door 1996 Volkswagen Jetta is owned by Eddie Blackburn of Elkin, who had left the vehicle at the business. It is valued at $3,000. The case remains open for further investigation.
– A tiller and chain saw, valued altogether at about $450, were reported stolen Thursday from the residence of Vera Leftwich Haynes on Salem Drive. The green 18-inch, 42cc Poulan chain saw and the red Yardman tiller were removed from the homes carport sometime between Feb. 20 and Wednesday evening. The case remains open for further investigation.
– James Arthur Hargis, 46, of 130 Crosswinds Court, was charged with larceny and second-degree trespassing Thursday night in connection with an incident at Lowes Foods. Hargis was jailed under a $1,500 secured bond and is scheduled to appear in Surry District Court on March 27.
Also Thursday night, Jeffrey Kyle Stanley, 46, of 2151 Old U.S. 52-South, Pilot Mountain, was cited for larceny at Lowes Foods. Stanley is scheduled to be in Surry District Court on March 27.
– A case of financial transaction card theft and financial transaction card fraud was reported Thursday. Corey Lee Wells of Dobson told police that someone used his debit card and personal identification number to obtain $40 from his account at the State Employees Credit Union on South Franklin Road. The incident occurred on Feb. 20 after Wells had left his ATM card in a machine at the financial institution. The case is listed as inactive, with no leads to pursue at this time.

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