Getting caught up in the wrong crowd can lead to trouble — even if your father is the leader of that crowd.
Audrianna Nicole Tutterow learned that lesson the hard way.
The 25-year-old from King on Monday pleaded guilty to three felony counts of breaking and entering in Surry County Superior Court, crimes committed in a 2012 crime spree that authorities say was spearheaded by Tutterow’s father, Mark Eugene Warden.
Several other charges against Tutterow were dismissed as part of an arrangement for the guilty pleas.
The spree, which spanned several counties, also involved Tutterow’s brother and husband — whom she is seeking to divorce — along with two other co-defendants.
The group hit three businesses in Surry County.
On May 20, 2012, suspects wearing masks pried open the door of the Circle K on U.S. 601 in Dobson and stole a safe containing more than $10,000.
About a week later, several crates of liquor were stolen from an ABC store in Elkin and the day after that, a Mount Airy gas station was broken into and robbed.
Businesses in Stokes, Alleghany and Wilkes, all involving the same pattern of masks and crowbars, were also broken into around that time.
Mark Warden, father of two of the co-defendants and alleged ringleader, is serving a five-year sentence in the N.C. Department of Adult Correction.
Tuttlerow’s sentence, two sentences of 6-17 months to be served consecutively, was suspended pending the successful completion of 30 months of supervised probation.
It could have been worse.
“I’m taking a risk on you,” said Richard Gottlieb, presiding Superior Court judge. “I don’t know that I’ve ever not given an active sentence for b and e’s, especially three.”
While relating the factual basis for the case, Quentin Harris, associate in the District Attorney’s office mentioned that Warden was believed to be the ringleader and that Tutterow, to varying degrees, had been cooperative with the investigation.
Tutterow’s court appointed attorney, Allison Vaughn, asked the judge to give Tutterow a second chance.
“She’s accepting responsibility, she’s not denying she knew and was present. Her dad is the problem. If she could go back and take it back she would,” Vaughn told the judge.
Vaughn explained that Tutterow is the mother of a 5-year-old child who suffers from cerebral palsy, that she had never been in trouble before the break-ins nor since, and that her mother was in court that day to support her.
The judge asked Tutterow’s mother, Tammy Calloway, of King, to speak.
“She got tangled up with her dad,” Calloway said, choking back tears. “She’s never done anything wrong except a speeding ticket. She’s old enough to know better, but her dad influenced her.”
Gottlieb said he was persuaded, and set additional conditions for her, including obtaining her GED, complying with any requirements from a mental health assessment, community service and continuing to testify truthfully for the state and cooperate with the investigation if called to do so.
Tutterow was grateful and relieved.
“I was preparing myself for the worst,” she said. “My plan is to stay out of trouble.”
The case against Tutterow’s estranged husband, Ryan Eugene Tutterow, was also disposed Monday.
Ryan Tutterow, 27, of Winston-Salem, pleaded guilty to two counts of felony breaking and entering. One felony count was dropped because he was cooperative with the investigation, cooperation which resulted in threats made against him by Warden, said Ryan Tutterow’s attorney Marian Boone.
Gottlieb sentenced Ryan Tutterow, who is currently serving an active sentence in Caswell Correctional for related crimes in that county, to 30 months of probation.
Boone said while he’s been in jail, Tutterow has voluntarily been working on his GED, worked to pay off court fees and restitution, and participated in a substance abuse program.
“He hasn’t just been sitting on his hands,” Boone said.
Terri Flagg is a staff writer for The Mount Airy News. She can be reached at email@example.com or 336-415-4734.