By Tom Joyce
• A Dobson man has been charged with 13 felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense at Walmart, where he allegedly switched bar codes on merchandise in order to obtain items valued at $5,338 for only $158, according to Mount Airy Police Department reports. Richard Jeffrey Kinton, 40, of 145 Walkabout Trail, who was charged over the weekend, is said to have placed bar code stickers from less-expensive goods on costlier items he bought, including 22 deer cameras, two trail cameras, three rifle scopes, a Nikon scope and a hook board/coat rack. The crimes were discovered last Wednesday, and Kinton is free on a $5,000 unsecured bond. He is scheduled to appear in Surry District Court on Nov. 11.
• Jerry Wayne Stephens, 58, of 254 Rockford St., is facing a second-degree trespassing violation that was filed early Sunday after he was found inside a fenced-in tow yard on Franklin Street. Stephens allegedly had broken into a vehicle and fallen asleep. He was found to be homeless and taken to the Surry County Jail, and is to be in District Court on Nov. 14. The vehicle was undamaged.
• Two Mount Airy brothers are facing felony charges stemming from two recent break-ins at Smokin’ Tobacco Pipes and More on West Lebanon Street. One of the incidents occurred Friday, in which a door was broken in order to gain entry and remove miscellaneous spices. A $510 loss figure was listed. Earlier, on Sept. 29, an undetermined amount of merchandise was taken from the business after a door panel was broken.
John Dalton Frye, 17, of 110 Sarah St., subsequently was charged with two counts each of felonious breaking and entering and felony larceny, while Austin Reed Frye, 23, of the same address, was charged with two counts each of felonious larceny and conspiracy to break and enter, also a felony. John Dalton Frye was confined in the Surry County Jail under a $10,000 secured bond with a Nov. 17 District Court appearance set, and Austin Reed Frye was jailed under a $2,500 secured bond and is to appear in court on Dec. 17.
• A larceny occurred Thursday at the Lowe’s hardware store, involving a known suspect attempting to leave the business with a Kobalt 49-piece socket set valued at $130. When confronted by Lowe’s employees, the suspect dropped the merchandise and fled on foot.
• Elijah Paul Bowman, 44, of 348 Leonard Road, was arrested on Sept. 29 on outstanding warrants for charges of larceny and injury to personal property. The violations stem from an Aug. 14 incident at the home of Bobby Alex Hawks on Kyle Street, where an attempt was made to steal a Kenmore refrigerator from a back porch, which led to it being damaged. Bowman is free on a written promise to appear in Surry District Court on Nov. 19.
• Property valued at $1,375 was discovered missing on Sept. 27 after a break-in at the Hylton Street residence of Ereina Darnell Ward, which was unsecured at the time. A 65-inch flat-screen television set, a Sanyo 32-inch flat-screen television set, a PlayStation 3 and a Nintendo Wii video game console were listed as missing.
• A theft on Sept. 27 at Walmart involved a known suspect taking a three-pack of SWHacke arrow heads valued at $30 and leaving the store without paying.
• Police were told on Sept. 27 that an unknown suspect had removed Alka-Seltzer Plus cold medication from its packaging at WilcoHess on West Pine Street the day before and left the store without paying.
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