Theft spree suspects indicted


By Terri Flagg - [email protected]



DOBSON — An Elkin family was indicted Monday on charges alleging their involvement with a multi-county string of break-ins.

Back in March, the Elkin Police Department announced the arrest of Guillermo Rodriguez, 48, Letonya Ann Sidden, 40, Ashley Nicole Speer, 21, and Christopher Blaine Settle, 24, following the execution of a search warrant at their 225 Pegram St. residence.

Stolen items seized during the search connected the four with many reported thefts in Surry, Wilkes and Yadkin counties, and the suspects were subsequently charged with multiple felonies, according to a release on the incident.

Indictments handed down this week formally charge each with 15 counts of felony possession of stolen goods or property. In addition to that, they were individually indicted for these violations:

• Settle – two counts of breaking and/or entering, two counts of larceny after breaking and/or entering and three counts of misdemeanor possession of stolen goods or property.

• Sidden – one count each of breaking and/or entering, larceny after breaking and/or entering and obtaining property by false pretense; two counts each of simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of stolen goods or property.

• Speer – one count each of breaking and/or entering and larceny after breaking and/or entering; two counts of misdemeanor possession of stolen goods.

• Rodriguez – one count each of simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance, simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance; two counts of misdemeanor possession of stolen goods and/or property.

Rodriguez, who remains in the custody of the Surry County Detention Center under a $125,000 total secured bond, appeared in Superior Court on Thursday.

His attorney, Marion Boone, asked Presiding Judge Eric Morgan to reduce her client’s bond.

She argued that while Rodriguez was considered by investigators a “more minor participant,” in the operation, Settle, the “alleged ringleader,” had been released from custody under reduced, unsecured bonds.

“I’m asking if the court will allow Rodriguez out under the same conditions,” she stated, noting that her client and Siddens are married and had been living in Elkin for 13 years.

Siddens, who is also known as Tonya Ann Speer, remains in custody under an $85,000 secured bond, according to information provided by the Surry County Detention Center.

Her daughter and co-defendant, Ashley Speer, was released March 1.

Assistant District Attorney Mike Beal confirmed that Settle, believed to be Ashley Speer’s boyfriend, is considered the principal defendant and expressed concern about the bond reduction.

“I had a bond hearing in District Court and thought his (Settle’s) bonds were left the same,” Beal stated. “I don’t know what happened.”

Information provided by the county jail indicated that Settle’s bond had been lowered several times and he was released June 24.

The prosecutor argued against a bond reduction for Rodriguez.

Considering “the sheer number of charges and victims,” he stated, “we felt like we needed to expedite this process for all concerned.”

He described the four defendants’ Pegram Street home as “literally crammed to the rafters with stolen property,” and that investigators had discovered a “treasure trove of stolen goods.”

Beal indicated that plea offers had been extended to all four at their first setting.

After determining that Rodriguez had no prior criminal record and that his existing bond levels were in the middle of the range suggested by Judicial District 17-B guidelines, Morgan declined to reduce the bond.

Rodriguez was scheduled to appear in Superior Court during the administrative session that begins July 11.

The Surry County Grand Jury that convened Monday also indicted the following:

• Alexander Johnston Butner, 17, of Blackberry Mountain Way, Pinnacle, with first-degree statutory sexual offense and two counts of indecent liberties with a child.

• Felicia Goins Jones, 23, of Maple Grove Church Road, Mount Airy, with breaking and/or entering, larceny after breaking and/or entering and possession of stolen goods or property.

• Zachary Dakota Jones, 24, of Maple Grove Church Road, Mount Airy, with breaking and/or entering, larceny after breaking and/or entering and possession of stolen goods or property.

• Justin Ronald Joyce, 18, of Gilmer Miller Road, Lowgap, with first-degree burglary, conspiracy to commit first-degree burglary, larceny after breaking and/or entering, and larceny of a firearm.

• Lewis Dean Lowe, 61, of Navy Lane, Lowgap, with sexual battery and two counts of indecent liberties with children.

• Harrison Bernard Martin, 23, of East Norman Road, Mount Airy, with two counts each of breaking and/or entering, larceny after breaking and/or entering, obtaining property by false pretense and felony possession of stolen goods or property.

• Brandon Lee Medley, 22, of Lori Lane, Mount Airy, with exploitation of an older adult or disabled adult, financial card theft, felony financial card fraud, conspiracy to obtain property by false pretense and two counts of obtaining property by false pretense.

• Joseph Tyrone Norman, 57, of West Virginia Street, Mount Airy, with first-degree burglary, five counts of second-degree kidnapping, robbery with a dangerous weapon, larceny of a motor vehicle and habitual felon status.

• Jody Lee Nunn, 25, of Woodville Road, Mount Airy, with possession of a stolen firearm.

• James Brandon Odum, 34, of Slate Road, Mount Airy, with felony larceny and possession of stolen goods or property.

• Santana Maria Orozco, 26, of Cherry Street, Mount Airy, with first-degree burglary, conspiracy to commit first-degree burglary, larceny after breaking and/or entering and larceny of a firearm.

• Charles Ray Pack, 56, of Ayers Circle, Mount Airy, with manufacture of methamphetamine and maintaining a drug vehicle or dwelling.

• Seth Anthony Slater, 27, of Pleasant View Drive, Winston-Salem, with larceny by employee.

• Matthew Mark Stringer, 21, of Dennys Park Road, King, with breaking and/or entering, two counts of felony larceny, larceny after breaking and/or entering and habitual breaking and/or entering.

• Dusty Wall Schaub, 42, of Quaker Church Road, Siloam, with embezzlement and habitual felon status.

• Michael Bradley Wall, 42, of Quaker Church Road, Siloam, with trafficking opium or heroin, possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana and maintaining a drug vehicle or dwelling.

• Jeffrey Kyle Wilson, 54, of Badgett Avenue, Mount Airy, with breaking and/or entering, larceny after breaking and/or entering, possession of stolen goods or property and attempted obtaining property by false pretense.

By Terri Flagg

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Reach Terri Flagg at 415-4734.

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