Pair charged with stealing cars


First Posted: 1/15/2015

Two Virginia men have been charged with stealing three vehicles in Mount Airy and other crimes locally including breaking and entering and safecracking.

The arrests this week of Nathaniel Steven Edwards, 19, and Phillip O’Neal Edwards Jr., 24, both of 12811 Fancy Gap Highway in Cana, which were announced Thursday, climaxed city police investigations of three recent auto larcenies.

Those crimes included a 2007 Pontiac Solstice that was stolen from Scenic Ford Collision Center, a Ford F-250 pickup from a residence on Worth Street and a break-in and larceny at Jimmy’s Used Cars, where a Ford Mustang was taken.

On Tuesday, Mount Airy officers observed the Edwardses with the stolen 2007 Pontiac Solstice in the parking lot of the New Market Crossing shopping center on Independence Boulevard and West Pine Street.

When they approached the two, they fled in a Chrysler 300 that had been reported stolen from Virginia. Police attempted unsuccessfully to stop that vehicle and the pursuit ended near White Pines Country Club Road.

Then on Wednesday, a concerned citizen reported that the stolen Chrysler 300 was traveling south on North Andy Griffith Parkway.

Mount Airy Police Department investigators subsequently spotted that vehicle in the Westwood Shopping Center parking lot, with officers locating and arresting Nathaniel and Phillip Edwards inside Food Lion there.

Nathaniel Edwards is charged with six counts of felonious possession of stolen property, three counts of larceny of a motor vehicle, felony larceny, safecracking, possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a firearm by convicted felon, breaking and entering, felony speeding to elude arrest, speeding 130 mph in a 55 mph zone and careless and reckless driving.

Phillip Edwards is charged with six counts of possession of stolen property, three counts of larceny of a motor vehicle, breaking and entering of a business, felony larceny, safecracking and possession of a stolen firearm.

Police say the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and Galax Police Department in Virginia assisted in the investigation, with Nathaniel and Phillip Edwards also facing several charges for alleged offenses in that state.

The two were being held in the Surry County Jail Thursday under large bonds, Nathaniel Edwards on a $200,000 secured bond and Phillip Edwards, a $150,000 secured bond.

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