Alleged carport fraud suspect arrested

By Terri Flagg -


DOBSON — An Ararat woman accused of stealing thousands of dollars from customers expecting carports was arrested Thursday morning.

According to information provided by the Surry County Detention Center, Amy Marie Torres, 37, of River Road, was charged with 15 counts of obtaining property by false pretense and is held in the jail under a $54,200 secured bond.

Several complaints had been made to the Surry County Sheriff’s Office and the Better Business Bureau (BBB) about Better Built Garages, a Mount Airy based business owned by Torres.

The various reports allege that the customers paid for or made deposits on buildings that were never built.

The BBB issued a warning about the business in a statement released Monday.

Torres was also issued violations for failing to appear in court on a number of motor vehicle and misdemeanor charges from years past, a jail spokesperson said.

Those charges include misdemeanor simple worthless check, 2003; driving while license revoked (DWLR), 2007; DWLR, driving with no operators license, driving with no insurance, 2008; DWLR, operating a vehicle with no insurance, no registration and misdemeanor possession of stolen goods and property, 2009.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

Editor’s Note: As a result of the wrong mug shot being supplied to the Mount Airy News, an earlier version of this story published at was accompanied by the incorrect mug shot.


By Terri Flagg

Reach Terri Flagg at 415-4734.

Reach Terri Flagg at 415-4734.

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