• A Mount Airy man has been charged with stealing $700 in batteries from a business on Bluemont Road, according to city police department reports. Michael Chad Shaw, 42, of 309 Hadley St., is accused of taking six batteries from trucks at Anahuac Inc. as well as stove top burners from a trailer. Shaw was charged Wednesday with felonious breaking and entering of a motor vehicle and misdemeanor larceny. He was released under a $1,000 unsecured bond to appear in Surry District Court on Dec. 19. The batteries were recovered.
• Mitchell Dean Carpenter Jr., 26, of 101 Parrish Lane, was charged Tuesday with two counts each of felonious larceny and obtaining property by false pretense, also a felony. Carpenter was encountered by police at Tarheel Converter and Core, a business on Hay Street where he allegedly had sold stolen property for scrap metal the day before.
After being taken to the police station and questioned, records show that Carpenter admitted to stealing and selling or attempting to sell property including $2,000 in Caterpillar parts owned by New River Pavers Inc. on Pineview Drive on Monday. Rear housing, top housing and muffler assemblies for a bulldozer were taken from machinery at a location on East Bluemont Road, which Carpenter then tried to sell for scrap. Most of that property was recovered. Carpenter was released under a $2,000 unsecured bond ahead of a Dec. 2 court date.
• Police learned Monday of a case of financial card fraud, which involved an unknown suspect attempting to use the debit card number of Rosalia Martin of Stewart Drive to buy items online.
• Also Monday, Gregory Walter Vincent Upchurch, 20, of 212 Crestwood Drive, Pilot Mountain, was charged with felonious breaking and entering of a motor vehicle and misdemeanor larceny. The charges stemmed from an incident the same day in a parking lot at 692 N. Andy Griffith Parkway which involved entering the unsecured 1999 Ford Ranger pickup of Alma Coe Bingman of Beagle Lane and attempting to take a box of Remington shotgun shells.
Upchurch was confined in the Surry County Jail under a $5,000 secured bond and is scheduled to be in District Court on Dec. 5.