Police reports


• Counterfeit money has surfaced at two Mount Airy businesses in recent days, according to city police department reports. This included a discovery on Sunday at Papa John’s Pizza on Rockford Street, where a bogus $100 bill had been used to obtain goods. The other incident occurred Saturday at Circle K on North Main Street, where someone — apparently unwittingly — presented a fake $100 bill in an attempt to make a purchase.

• A hand purse, teal in color and owned by Cristina Fuentes of Meadow Circle, was stolen Monday afternoon after being left unattended in a shopping cart at Walmart. The purse contained an undisclosed sum of money, a U.S. passport and visa, a JCPenney credit card and an insurance card.

• David Michael Coyle, 34, of 217 Gravely St., was arrested on May 3 on charges stemming from the theft of pain medication valued at $35 from a local woman’s home. It occurred the same day at the residence of Margie Ann Carter on Barbara Avenue. An investigation led to Coyle being charged with larceny and possession of stolen goods, and he also was served with an outstanding criminal summons for a second-degree trespassing offense which had been issued on April 20, with no other details given regarding that matter. Coyle was held in the Surry County Jail under a $2,000 secured bond and slated for a June 5 appearance in District Court.

• Larceny violations were issued on May 3 against Stacy Hope Combs, 40, and Tara Michelle McDaniel, 23, both of 108 Blackberry Lane, after an incident at Walmart. Each also was cited on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and found to be the subjects of outstanding orders for arrest for failing to appear in court in 2016, including two counts of that against Combs filed on Dec. 6 and one involving McDaniel issued on Nov. 16.

Combs was jailed under a $10,000 secured bond and McDaniel, $500 secured, with both women scheduled to be in Surry District Court on June 26.

• Charges including larceny, possession of stolen goods and possession of drug paraphernalia were filed on May 2 against Brandy Nicole Robertson, 32, of 179 Dollyhigh Lane. No other details were listed regarding the violations for which Robertson is free on a written promise to appear in District Court on June 7.

• An incident involving the concealing of merchandise by an unknown suspect occurred on May 2 at the Save-A-Lot grocery store on Carter Street, with the property identified as 13 packages of Neese’s hot sausage valued at $44. The merchandise was listed as recovered, with no explanation given.

• Kenneth Melvin Leonard, 58, of 1249 Bear Trail, Cana, Virginia, was charged with felonious possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia on May 1 after police responded to a drug activity call at Blu-Vue Motel on Fancy Gap Road. Leonard also was found to be the subject of an order for arrest for failing to appear in court which had been issued by Surry County authorities on Nov. 6 of last year. He was held in the Surry County Jail under a $5,000 secured bond, with May 23 his court date.

• Police were told during the early morning hours of April 28 that multiple individuals had left Waffle House without paying for food.

• A break-in and larceny was discovered on April 27 at a residence on Price Street owned by Irene Payne of Lancaster, South Carolina. A window was broken to gain entry, with an unsecured storage building on the property also entered and a box of miscellaneous tools valued at $20 stolen from inside. The tools subsequently were located and returned to the person reporting the crime, James Robert Willard of Deerfield Lane, with no other details given.

• Ricky Mitchell Sheets, 31, listed as homeless, was arrested on a first-degree trespassing offense on April 27 at a location on Arlington Heights Lane from which he had been banned. Sheets was confined in the Surry County Jail under a $1,000 secured bond and is scheduled to appear in District Court on June 7.

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