By Tom Joyce
February 1, 2014
• Two Mount Airy residents are facing felony charges in connection with a residential break-in this week which netted the theft of an AK-47 assault rifle and other property including a computer, according to city police department reports. The incident occurred Tuesday at the home of James William Johnson on Fairview Avenue, where a door was kicked open to gain entry. In addition to the gun and Dell computer, valued altogether at $910, a Pain-Less muscle stimulator also was taken.
After responding to the break-in call, police encountered Anthony Douglas Swiney, 24, and Matthew Alexander Thomas, 16, both of 123 Hamburg St., on West Oakdale and Five Oaks streets, respectively. Swiney allegedly was in possession of the stolen property, which was recovered, and also was charged with breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, larceny of a firearm and conspiracy to commit felony larceny. Thomas is accused of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering and possession of stolen property. They were jailed under a $1,000 secured bond each and are scheduled to appear in Surry District Court on Feb. 12.
• Also Tuesday, Shane Scott Moxley, 19, of 226 Preston Lane, was arrested on two felony violations, breaking and entering of a building and larceny, in connection with a separate break-in. It occurred around 10:30 p.m. at 52 Shop, a business in the 800 block of West Pine Street, where $28 worth of Timeless Time cigarettes were stolen after a front glass of the store was broken to gain entry — causing $1,000 in damage. After an alarm call at the business, Moxley was encountered as a suspicious person by police on West Pine Street and arrested in the parking lot of the New Market Crossing shopping center. After a brief investigation, he admitted to the crime, MAPD records say, and was confined in the Surry County Jail in lieu of a $1,000 secured bond, with a March 24 court date set.
• Kenny Edward Turley, 32, of 2529 Wards Gap Road, was arrested Wednesday as a fugitive from justice after a traffic stop on Springs Road. Turley was found to be wanted in Carroll County, Va., on a warrant for an unspecified charge filed in August 2011 and on an outstanding order for arrest from November 2010. He was jailed under a $29,098 secured bond and slated for a court appearance next Thursday.
• Also Wednesday, a 3,000-watt generator valued at $400 was stolen from the outside of EQ Mobile Recycling Services on West Independence Boulevard by two unknown suspects. The generator was listed as recovered, although no arrests were reported.
• A case of obtaining property by false pretense was reported Tuesday by Jennifer Elaine Key of Starhill Trail in Pilot Mountain, in reference to a known individual cashing a stolen check for an undetermined sum of cash at BB&T on North Main Street in October. The bank is listed as the victim of the crime, which was still under investigation at last report.
• A break-in was discovered Tuesday at Traders Auto Sales on South South Street, where someone entered a 2003 Chevrolet Malibu and stole the ignition switch valued at $50 and caused another $50 in damage to the dashboard.
• Joan King Hayes, 59, of 1820 Fancy Gap Road, was arrested on the night of Jan. 21 on violations including destroying criminal evidence, a felony; resisting a public officer; simple possession of a Schedule II controlled substance; simple possession of a Schedule III controlled substance; and possession of drug paraphernalia. Hayes was a passenger in a 2014 Toyota Corolla being driven by Roby Lee Odell, 25, of 123 Wedgewood Drive, which was stopped in the parking lot of Fancy Gap Run In on Fancy Gap Road for having no lighting at all on the rear of the vehicle.
The car was searched and Odell was cited for simple possession of a Schedule II controlled substance in addition to the offenses against Hayes, who was jailed under an $8,000 secured bond. The drugs allegedly found were not specified. Hayes is scheduled to be in court on March 31, and Odell’s court date was not available.