Business owner arrested on stolen property charges
Tom Joyce Staff Reporter
A Mount Airy business owner was arrested Tuesday on felony stolen property and other charges involving laptop computers and additional items owned by Virginia Tech.
Bradley Joseph Beasley, 26, the owner and operator of Smokin Tobacco Pipes & More, is accused of five counts of felonious possession of stolen property and three felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense.
The case surfaced after several of the stolen items allegedly were sold from the business located at 830 W. Lebanon St., according to the Mount Airy Police Department.
“We got information that the (property) being sold from that business (was) stolen from Virginia Tech,” Capt. Alan Freeman said Tuesday. “So we did some checking and investigation to reveal that that was true.”
The investigation found that Beasley allegedly had knowingly bought 11 stolen iPads, four laptops and one tablet, all of which were taken from the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg. The property was obtained from another known, but unnamed, individual, who Freeman said “eventually” will be charged in the case as well.
Investigators were able to recover all the property, for which a total value was not given.
Additional stolen items might be linked to the case, according to Freeman, who said the city detective unit is continuing to work closely with the Virginia Tech Police Department to determine its full scope.
“We’re still working to piece it together to see if there was any other property (involved),” he said.
The Surry County Jail had no record late Tuesday afternoon of Beasley being processed there, and the city magistrate’s office could not be reached for information about his possible release on bond.
Beasley is scheduled to appear in Surry District Court on Dec. 12.
Reach Tom Joyce at 719-1924 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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