• Property valued at nearly $3,000, which was being stored in a gym, was reported stolen Wednesday to the Mount Airy Police Department. The crime, believed to have occurred in late July, involves property owned by the Lifespan educational facility on Jones School Road, including 60 language and literacy books valued at $1,860 along with flannelboard story sets, an acrylic mirror, a four-station sand and water play center and a storage display for big books. All the materials were of the Kaplan brand.
• City police reports also show that Ellis David Horton, 42, of 1025 Angel St., is facing offenses of assault with a deadly weapon, injury to personal property and communicating threats which were filed Wednesday night. Horton initially was arrested for driving while impaired, carrying a concealed weapon, speeding 34 mph in a 25 mph zone and possession of an open container of alcohol by police seeking him in connection with the alleged assault.
After he was spotted near Mount Airy High School operating a 1990 Ford Ranger pickup, Horton allegedly turned onto Orchard Street and sped up, before then heading onto Hay Street and being stopped at its dead-end portion. A large Bowie knife was located under the driver’s seat, and he later was served with warrants on the assault, property-damage and threats violations arising from a separate investigation by another officer. Horton was held in the Surry County Jail without privilege of bond and is facing Sept. 10 and Oct. 29 appearances in District Court.
• A break-in of a coin-operated machine was discovered Thursday at Robby’s on North Main Street. After the dispenser owned by Pepsi Bottling Ventures of Jonesville was entered, which caused damage, currency was removed. No figure was listed for the damage and monetary loss.
• Police were told Tuesday that a 4G Touch music/video player valued at $35 had been stolen from the Roses store on Independence Boulevard.
• Dollar General on South Main Street was the scene of a larceny Tuesday, when an unknown male suspect concealed a phone charger in his pocket and left the store without paying in a black Mazda.