By Tom Joyce
February 20, 2014
• The theft of property valued at more than $6,000 from a city business is under investigation, according to Mount Airy Police Department reports. The crime was discovered last week at EQ Mobile Recycling on West Independence Boulevard, where some type of tool was used to cut wiring containing copper. A power cord coupling said to be worth $6,000 and 200-foot power leads valued at $600 were listed as stolen.
• Michael Ray Norman, 43, whose address was given only as North Carolina, was cited on a charge of second-degree trespassing Saturday at Food Lion on West Pine Street, due to previously having been banned from the premises. Norman is slated for a March 6 Surry District Court appearance.
• Daniel Lee Tate, 24, of 2287 Ararat Road, is facing charges of larceny, larceny from a merchant, second-degree trespassing and driving while license revoked stemming from the Feb. 12 theft of a Hewlett-Packard laptop computer valued at about $800 from Walmart the same day. The property was recovered after Tate allegedly removed an anti-theft device and attempted to take it from the store. He is free on a written promise to appear in court on April 9.
• Police learned of a case of financial transaction card fraud on Feb. 12, in which the State Employees Credit Union is the victim. It involved someone presenting himself as the owner of a debit card issued by the credit union to Judy Mae Willard, a Hamburg Street resident, in order to buy merchandise valued at $105 at Walmart. The card had been stolen from Willard’s 2013 Nissan Rogue the day before while it was parked at H.B. Environmental Park on Hamburg Street. A passenger-side window was broken with a rock to gain entry, with the damage put at $100. A tote bag containing assorted papers also was listed as missing from the incident.
• Billy Jackson Ledford III, 26, of 306 Hunter Drive, was charged with possession of stolen goods on Feb. 11 in connection with theft of a 1989 Nissan Sentra valued at $500, owned by Kenneth Ray Gwyn of Little Mountain Church Road. Ledford was arrested at Blu-Vue Welcome Lodge on Fancy Gap Road after Sgt. L.T. Whitaker located the car in the parking lot there. He was confined in the Surry County Jail under a $1,000 secured bond and is scheduled to appear in District Court on March 31.
• A case of financial identity fraud was reported on Feb. 11. It involves an unknown suspect using the identity of Wanda Mitchell Dobbins of Lakeview Drive to make a transaction using her credit card number.