Police reports


• A Mount Airy man has been charged with breaking into a local home and stealing a television set, according to city police department reports. Manuel Miguel Orozco, 23, of 416 Granite St., was encountered Monday by police during a traffic stop, which revealed he had been entered into a national crime database due to being wanted on felony break-in and larceny charges that had been filed last week.

The case stems from the break-in on Friday of the home of Steve Allen Johnston, also of Granite Street, where a 40-inch RCA TV set valued at $250 was taken. The crime was witnessed by a neighbor, police records state. Orozco was confined in the Surry County Jail under a $25,000 secured bond and is scheduled to appear in District Court on Aug. 10.

• Also Monday, police were told that an undisclosed sum of money had been stolen from a coin-operated Coca-Cola machine located at a retail location on Carolina Court which wasn’t identified. The door of the machine was pried open.

• Two people were served on May 17 with criminal summonses on a charge of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle after they were encountered during a suspicious-person investigation on Virginia Street at Main Street: Sophia Nicole Cifuentes, 28, of 160 Calvary Drive, and Thomas Clinton Payne Jr., 26, of 210 Rawley Ave. The complainant in the case is Meredith Claire Wilhoit of West Lebanon Street. Cifuentes and Payne are scheduled to be in Surry District Court on June 17.

• A false fire alarm violation was issued Saturday against Erwin Eugene Hickman, 51, of 279 Cedar Ridge Road, after he activated an alarm at Holiday Inn Express, prompting an evacuation of the hotel. Hickman is free on a written promise to appear in District Court on June 15.

• Jane Leigh Queen, 57, of 502 W. Oakdale St., was cited for door-to-door soliciting in violation of a city ordinance Friday, stemming from a suspicious-person call on Wrenn Avenue. A responding officer also allegedly observed Queen soliciting on West Oakdale Street. Her court date is June 28.

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