Police briefs

By Tom Joyce

December 10, 2013

• A counterfeit check was used last week to obtain $2,893 from victim Surrey Bank & Trust on Rockford Street, according to Mount Airy Police Department reports. The instrument used was identified as a company check from the Frank Fleming body shop, which was forged and passed by a known individual.

• A case involving damage to real property was reported on Wednesday, involving the interior of a 2002 Ford Ranger pickup catching fire and burning outside the West Church Street home of Ronald Leon Haynes. He is listed as a victim of the incident, which resulted in a $4,500 property loss, along with Leon Grant Hiatt of Noel Lane.

• A traffic stop last Tuesday on U.S. 52-North at Greenhill Road led to an outstanding criminal summons on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon with a minor present being served on Kayla Elizabeth Bowman, 19, of 156 Square St. It had been issued in August 2012 with Regina Ann Sumner of White Pines Country Club Road as the complainant. Bowman is slated for a Jan. 3 appearance in Surry District Court.

• Kent Lee Brown, 24, of 331 Eleanor Ave., is facing violations of larceny and possession of stolen goods or property after a Dec. 2 incident at Walmart. Brown allegedly was observed stealing by store employees and left in a vehicle traveling toward Edgewood Drive. A resulting traffic stop led to Brown admitting that he had taken insulated coveralls valued at $65. He is scheduled to be in District Court on Jan. 17.

• Mitchell Edwin Jones of Pilot Mountain was the victim of a theft in the Walmart parking lot on Dec. 1, when a Ryobi leaf blower valued at $100 was stolen from the bed of his 1998 Ford Ranger pickup.

• Police were told on Dec. 1 that a purse belonging to Judy Ann Hornak, a resident of Slate Road, had been taken from an unsecured vehicle parked at the New Market Crossing shopping center. In addition to the Vera Wang purse, the loss included Federal Credit Union, Capital One and Belk credit cards, a Sprint cell phone, a Social Security card, a driver’s license and insurance and other cards.

• Virgil Lee Richardson II, 42, of 1110 Grassy Knob Road, Pilot Mountain, wanted on a felony charge of obtaining property by false pretense filed on Oct. 15 and for failing to appear in court in November, was served with an outstanding order for arrest on Dec. 1 after police located him in the parking area of Forrest Oaks Shopping Center. Richardson was held in the Surry County Jail under a $300 secured bond and is slated for a Jan. 2 District Court appearance.

• A vehicular break-in was discovered on Dec. 1, which involved the glass in the driver’s-side door being broken to gain entry to a 1992 Mercedes owned by Rita Green Darby of Granite Street. Total damage of $300 occurred to the window and the car’s CD player.

• Jalisa Chanel Joyce, 25, of 871 Carroll St., turned herself in at the police station on Nov. 29 on multiple felony charges, financial card theft and financial card fraud, stemming from Joyce allegedly using the Capital One and Target credit cards of her mother, Sandra Simmons Joyce, without the latter’s consent. The younger Joyce was jailed under a $2,500 secured bond and slated for a Jan. 30 court appearance.