Six face charges following arson investigation


First Posted: 3/2/2009

DOBSON Six local residents are facing charges stemming from the burning of two barns in the Devotion area of the county in the early morning hours of Jan. 27.
Surry County Sheriff Graham Atkinson said Monday that a county detective working with a State Bureau of Investigations arson investigator had identified the four men and two women and obtained warrants charging them with the two incidents.
Benny Daniel Torres, 21, of 2344 Turkey Ford Road, Mount Airy, Daniel Ray Secrest, 21, of 117 Farrell Lane, Mount Airy, and Anthony Wendell Sawyers, 21, of 328 Cadle Ford Road, Mount Airy, are charged with two felony counts of burning of a building and one misdemeanor count of breaking and entering.
Roy Erston Martin Jr., 21, of 122 Satterfield Lane, Mount Airy, Jasmine Elizabeth Thackston, 20, of 1446 Millsap Road, Pinnacle, and Kayla Nicole Rodgers, 16, of 144 Strawberry Lane, Mount Airy, are all charged with misdemeanor breaking and entering.
The group allegedly entered and then burned a barn at 7813 Haystack Road belonging to Johnson Farms and another at 1214 River Road belonging to Martin Fulcher and Terry Miller. The barns contained multiple rolls of hay along with two John Deer tractors, three four-wheelers and other assorted farm equipment. Both barns and their contents were totally destroyed by the fires.
Warrants were issued last week charging all six with the crimes, but as of Monday, not all of the warrants had been served.

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