By Tom Joyce
• It was reported this week that a stolen credit card had been used for three illegal transactions in the city recently, according to Mount Airy Police Department records. The crimes were reported Monday by Rachel Chaney McMillian, a Marshall Farm Road resident associated with Rachel’s Pottery. The card had been used last month by an unknown suspect to obtain property from Belk in Mayberry Mall and Smokin Tobacco Pipes and More, a West Lebanon Street business, and an undisclosed sum of cash from PNC Bank of Mount Airy. First Citizens Bank is listed as a victim along with the other three entities.
• A violation of discharging a firearm in the city limits was filed Monday night against Onorio Galarza Rodriguez, 28, of 704 Bluemont Road. The responding officer, J.W. Cox, had heard multiple shots in the vicinity of the man’s home and located witnesses who also heard them. Cox additionally found spent shell casings on the lawn at the Rodriguez residence. He is scheduled to be in Surry District Court on Oct. 2.
• Police were told Monday that a Hewlett-Packard laptop computer valued at $600 had been stolen in late August from the home of Diana Elyse Denny on Hadley Street. An unknown suspect is said to have taken the property while inside the residence.
• A break-in involving property damage was reported on Sept. 7 at the home of Hylton Jones Gravitte on Angel Street, where a door to the locked residence was forced open. Nothing was listed as stolen, but damage put at $200 occurred to sheetrock and telephone lines also were damaged.
• A case of common-law robbery occurred on Sept. 7 in the Food Lion parking lot on West Pine Street, where an unknown suspect attempted to steal Dakota Trail resident Jane Simpson Martin’s purse from her hand while riding by on a moped.
• Edward Lee Childress, 59, of 325 S. Main St., was arrested on Sept. 6 on an outstanding warrant for larceny which was issued on July 16, with details of the alleged violation not listed. Childress was held in the Surry County Jail under a $2,500 secured bond and is slated for an Oct. 2 District Court appearance.
• A break-in of a 1999 Honda Accord was discovered on Sept. 5 at the residence of Michael Shane Cockerham in the 500 block of South Main Street, which involved the theft of a $350 Pioneer CD/cassette player.
• Fredy Lester, 57, of 54 Beauty Shop Lane, Lambsburg, Va., is facing six violations — including possession of methamphetamine, a felony — as a result of a Sept. 5 traffic stop in the parking lot of The Hollows motel on South Andy Griffith Parkway. That led to a consent search of Lester’s 1994 Chevrolet pickup and misdemeanor offenses being filed as well: possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, possession of a Schedule III controlled substance, possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and having an open container of alcohol. Lester is free on a $5,000 unsecured bond, with a court appearance set for Monday.
• The larceny of a 1993 Honda Accord owned by Jesse Marie Eaton, a Rockford Street resident, was reported on Sept. 5. An unknown individual was said to have borrowed, but not returned, the car.
• Emmit Gerald Collier, 45, of 1238 McHone Road in Lawsonville, was charged with driving while impaired on Sept. 5 after a traffic crash on West Pine Street near South Street. Collier is free on a written promise to appear in Surry District Court on Oct. 8.
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