Police reports


• Counterfeit currency was unknowingly passed by someone Monday afternoon at a Mount Airy business, according to city police department reports. The bogus $20 bill was received at the Speedway convenience store on Rockford Street. The name of the person presenting the counterfeit currency was not released and the incident is still under investigation.

• Also Monday, a case involving injury to personal property and trespassing was reported at Blu-Vue Welcome Lodge on Fancy Gap Road, where a known individual is said to have thrown items into a dumpster, listed as a “long” radio with a CD player on top and miscellaneous clothing, with a total value of $60. Both Tamara Starr Reedy, a resident of Blu-Vue Welcome Lodge, and the establishment itself are listed as victims.

• Matthew Mark Crouch, 39, of 403 Lovill St., was arrested on felony and other drug charges Sunday after an investigation stemming from his “assisting” of a probation officer at that location, with no explanation listed in arrest records. Crouch was taken into custody on offenses including possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, a felony; possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance; possession of a Schedule VI substance; and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was held under a $6,500 secured bond and is to be in Surry District Court on Nov. 13.

• Alexis Torres Garcia, 24, of 191 Tesh St., was arrested on a felony charge of obtaining property by false pretense and other violations Friday after he was encountered by police at Walmart during a larceny investigation. In addition to being cited for larceny, Garcia was found to be the subject of outstanding warrants for charges including the false pretense offense, possession of stolen goods/property and larceny, which were all issued on June 29 with no other details listed, and also an order for arrest for failing to appear in court. Garcia was held in the Surry County Jail under a $1,300 secured bond, with Oct. 4 his court date.

• Brittaney Nicole Chappell, 22, of 140 Brick Road, Ararat, Virginia, was cited for larceny at Walmart last Thursday, involving a backpack valued at $19, for which restitution is owed. Chappell is scheduled to appear in District Court on Oct. 18.

• Karen Ann Ayers, 48, of 175 Meadowlark Road, was charged with driving while impaired on Sept. 6 after a motor-vehicle collision on U.S. 52 at Westwood Shopping Center, which involved means other than alcohol, according to police records. Ayers submitted to a blood draw at the police station by an emergency medical technician and was evaluated by a city officer who is a drug recognition expert. She was held in the Surry County Jail and was scheduled to appear in District Court Monday.

• A larceny was discovered on Sept. 2 at Veterans Memorial Park, where an iPhone 7 cell phone valued at $350 was taken from an “open land” area of the park. The owner of the phone, white and gold in color with a blue case, was identified as Jose Antonio Talavera of Zephyr Road at Dobson.

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