Police reports

• A Mount Airy man has been arrested on drug charges by officers investigating a suspicious-vehicle call at Walmart, according to city police department reports. Barry Wayne Hall, 39, of 148 Paige St., was charged in the early morning hours last Wednesday with felonious possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, along with misdemeanor possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Hall was confined in the Surry County Jail under a $2,000 secured bond and slated for a Jan. 26 District Court appearance.

• A strong-arm robbery involving a purse snatching occurred last Tuesday in the parking lot at Lowes Foods, where Kimberly Dianne Newman of Lois Lane told police that two suspects ran toward her before one jerked the purse from her arm. Both are then said to have fled on foot toward Frederick Street. The purse contained assorted cards, which were listed as recovered, along with medication that was stolen.

• Kaitlin Dawn Chidester, 22, of 1421 Fancy Gap Road, No. 8, was charged with larceny by employee, a felony, on Oct. 30 after an investigation showed she took lottery tickets from the business where she worked, Breeze Thru Market, located in the 1300 block of West Pine Street. Chidester also was charged with simple possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, identified as 12 dosage units of hydrocodone. She is free on a written promise to appear in Surry District Court on Dec. 19.

• Daniel Lee Tate, 26, of 105 Campfire Lane, was served with an outstanding warrant on a charge of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle on Oct. 27, which had been filed the day before with Kevin Phillip Danley Jr. of Danley Road in Ararat as the complainant. Tate was found to be wanted by police who had encountered him during a suspicious-vehicle and persons call in the municipal parking lot on North Main Street near Virginia Street. He was confined in the Surry County Jail under a $2,000 secured bond and is to be in District Court on Nov. 16.

• A blue 2009 Ford Escape SUV owned by Dustin Ray Tilley of Fox Walk Lane, Pilot Mountain, was stolen on Oct. 26 while the vehicle, valued at $10,000, was at KFC on Rockford Street, where Tilley is employed.

• Chad Daniel Zimmerman, 30, of 1015 N. Main St., was served with warrants on felony drug violations on Oct. 22, including two counts each of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a synthetic cannabinoid, maintaining a controlled substance vehicle/dwelling place and selling a synthetic cannabinoid. The warrants had been filed on Sept. 19, with Zimmerman free on a $5,000 unsecured bond on three of the counts and a written promise to appear in court on the other three. His court date is Dec. 14.

• The Lowe’s home improvement store was the scene of a theft discovered on Oct. 22, which involved an unknown suspect taking a Porter-Cable four-piece, 20-volt tool kit from a shelf and leaving the business without paying. The property is valued at nearly $200.

• Daniel Ray George of Hunt Farm Trail in Pinnacle was the victim of an armed robbery and assault on Oct. 21, when two suspects reportedly held him at gunpoint at a location on Sunset Drive at Banner Street and stole $270 in cash and a blue Cricket cell phone from him.

• Police were told on Oct. 19 that a tan-colored pocketbook owned by Julia Dawn Gardner of Park Drive had been stolen that day from a shopping cart in the parking lot of Food Lion on South Andy Griffith Parkway. The loss included a small brown wallet with an undisclosed sum of money, an Apple iPhone valued at $400, a BB&T debit card and miscellaneous insurance cards.

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