Police briefs

By Tom Joyce

October 11, 2013

• An alleged embezzlement by an employee of a local bank was reported Tuesday, according to city police department records. It involves a known individual taking money from PNC Bank of Mount Airy on North Main Street for the person’s “own use,” an incident report states. The sum allegedly stolen was not disclosed. Although the incident was reported Tuesday, it actually occurred on Sept. 5.

• A Mount Airy resident reported Tuesday that she was the victim of identity theft. Lucio Adame Botello of Olivia Avenue said the crime, which was discovered on Sept. 30, involved someone using her Social Security number to obtain an unspecified sum of money.

• A black touch-screen Samsung 1500 cell phone, valued at $400, was stolen Tuesday at Walmart after being left unattended by owner Krista Lee Thomas of Old Highway 601. The phone was further identified as bearing a Harley sticker.

• Renita Mae Scales, 30, of 1004 Marshall Heights St., was cited for larceny Tuesday at Walmart, where she allegedly took bathing supplies, beer and other merchandise with a total value of $29. Scales is scheduled to be in Surry District Court on Nov. 19.

• The theft of a license tag, number CAH6692, occurred Tuesday outside Kmart at Mayberry Mall, from a 2001 Ford Taurus owned by Candy Rose Whittington of Bray Ford Road, Dobson. There are no suspects at this time, but the plate number has been entered in a national crime database.

• Twenty assorted CDs, a CD case and sunglasses, property valued altogether at $120, were discovered missing Monday from a 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier owned by Donna Midkiff Sutphin, which was entered through an unlocked door while parked at Sutphin’s home on Newsome Street.

• Kandra Leigh McBride, 21, of 54 Railroad Lane, Critz, Va., was served with a criminal summons for failure to return rental property, which had been filed in January 2012, after she was located at Riverside Park late Saturday night. Billy Ashburn of King is the complainant in the case, for which McBride is to appear in District Court on Nov. 13.

• A property damage incident occurred Saturday at Food Lion on West Lebanon Street, where a passenger-side window of a 2002 Ford Mustang owned by Klay Alexander Newsome of Tumbleweed Trail was broken with an unknown object. The damage was estimated at $100.

• Christopher Gerard Sprague of the 2100 block of North Main Street told police Saturday that two DVR boxes had been stolen in a break-in at his home, with a $400 loss figure given. Time Warner Cable also is listed as a victim.

• Two vehicles were reported to have been broken into last Friday at a towing and recovery yard on Franklin Street. A 1998 Chevrolet pickup and a 1994 Jeep Cherokee were entered by way of prying and removing window glasses. Combined damage of $450 occurred to the rear sliding-glass window of the pickup and the passenger-side front window of the Cherokee, with Justin Enterprises of Carroll County, Va., listed as the victim.

• William Anthony Stewart, 32, of Thomasville, was arrested on a felony charge of larceny from a merchant after an incident last Friday at Walmart, involving a security device being removed from two deer cameras. A $200 loss was listed. Stewart was held in the Surry County Jail under a $3,000 secured bond and is to be in court on Nov. 18.

• Two license plates, numbers ACW3977 and ALW 1189, were discovered missing last Friday from a 2002 Toyota RAV4 and a 1998 Honda Accord owned by Cynthia Byrd Ritenour. The plates were stolen from the vehicles at Ritenour’s home on East Elm Street.