Galax man charged in alleged grass seed larceny spree

By Terri Flagg -

DOBSON — Authorities recently arrested a Galax, Virginia, man in connection with a string of larcenies from two Mount Airy businesses.

Joseph Randal Davis, of Pipers Gap Road, was ultimately charged with one count of obtaining property by false pretense, a felony, two counts of felonious larceny and seven counts of misdemeanor larceny.

The thefts occurred at Riverside Building Supply on East Pine Street and Moore’s General Store on Blue Hollow Road.

According to Det. Ashley Doiel of the Surry County Sheriff’s Office, about $6,500 worth of products had been reported stolen from Riverside Building Supply on five different occasions between April 12 and April 22.

The stolen items included fertilizer, grass seed, plants, a grass seed spreader, a hose cart reel and two garden hoses.

About $320 of the same types of products were reported stolen from Moore’s General Store on two different occasions, April 22 and 23.

Video surveillance of the suspect – and the make, model and tag on his car – led investigators to Davis, who was pulled over on Westfield Road on April 23 and arrested, Doiel said.

He was charged at that stop with obtaining property by false pretense and five counts of misdemeanor larceny associated with the Riverside Building Supply thefts and booked into the Surry County Detention Center under a $15,000 secured bond.

While in confinement, Davis allegedly confessed and told authorities where to find a majority of the property, Doiel said.

He was charged with two counts of felonious larceny and two counts of misdemeanor larceny, which carried an additional secured bond of $10,000.

The products stolen, many of them heavy, 50-pound bags priced at about $65 each, were regularly left out in front of the businesses, Doiel said.

Davis told authorities he would resell the products in the community, selling 20 bags for $70 to a presumably unsuspecting customer.

Davis’s court appearances are scheduled for May 17 and May 26.

• Destany Nicole Childress, 27, of South Main Street, Mount Airy, was arrested April 19 and charged with breaking and entering, felonious larceny and misdemeanor fugitive. Childress was released from the magistrate’s office with a $50,000 unsecured bond and scheduled to appear in court on May 12.

• Cindy Danette Cross, of Mount Pleasant Church Road, was charged on April 18 with two counts of felony identity theft on warrants issued March 24 by the Elkin Police Department. Bond was set at $4,000 secured with a court date of May 16.

By Terri Flagg

Reach Terri Flagg at 415-4734.

Reach Terri Flagg at 415-4734.

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