• The Starbucks construction site on Rockford Street was the scene of a theft discovered Thursday which also involved property damage, according to Mount Airy Police Department reports. It involved the cables being cut on two mini-excavators in order to remove the batteries, with the property loss and damage totaling $1,000. The victims of the incident are listed as Frontier Natural Gas of Elkin and Henry Key Grading Inc., State Road.
• Richard Chad Atkinson, 41, of Hays in Wilkes County, was jailed early Thursday under a $2,500 secured bond after he was encountered as a passenger in a 2004 Ford Expedition stopped by police on U.S. 601 near Interstate 74. Atkinson was arrested on an outstanding warrant for a charge of assault and battery which had been filed through the Wilkes Sheriff’s Office on Dec. 23 and another offense stemming from the investigation during the traffic stop, giving false information to a law enforcement officer.
During the same stop, which included the deployment of a police dog, Andrew Albert Gonzalez, 33, of Traphill, was charged with carrying a concealed weapon (a handgun found in the center console) and operating a vehicle with a revoked registration plate. Gonzalez was confined in the Surry County Jail under a $5,000 secured bond. Both he and Atkinson are scheduled to appear in District Court on Feb. 22.
• A Pepsi vending machine was discovered Wednesday to have been broken into at Dan Valley Tractor on West Pine Street. An undisclosed sum of money was removed from the device that also received $100 in damage when pried open.
• The Sheetz convenience store on U.S. 601 was the scene of a crime Monday in which 10 24-pack cases of beer valued at $204 were stolen by unknown suspects who entered the rear area of the business.