Police reports


• A traffic stop Tuesday afternoon led to a Mount Airy man being jailed on felony drug charges involving heroin and methamphetamine, according to city police department reports.

Gary Christopher Hicinbothem, 24, of Maple Drive, was pulled over in the 600 block of West Pine Street for alleged traffic violations including driving while license revoked.

A consent search of Hicinbothem resulted in his arrest for possession of meth with intent to sell or deliver, possession of heroin with intent to sell or deliver and maintaining a drug vehicle. He also was charged with driving while license revoked and possession of drug paraphernalia. Hicinbothem was confined in the Surry County Jail under a $10,000 secured bond and is scheduled to be in District Court on Oct. 2.

• A Pilot Mountain woman has been arrested on a felony charge stemming from her alleged tampering with a theft-prevention device at a local store. Sophia Nicole Fuentes, 29, of 420 E. Main St., was encountered by police Sunday during a theft call at Burkes Outlet on Rockford Street, and after a brief investigation was taken into custody on a violation of larceny by removing, destroying or deactivating a component of an anti-shoplifting or inventory-control device. She was held in the Surry County Jail under a $2,500 secured bond and slated for a Sept. 7 appearance in District Court.

• Stephanie Michelle Garrett, 42, of 403 Lovill St., was arrested Sunday as a fugitive from justice from Carroll County, Virginia, for allegedly failing to appear in court there. Garrett was jailed under a $5,000 secured bond.

• Larceny violations were filed against two women Sunday night at Burkes Outlet. Brandee Rachelle Bledsoe, 34, of 2499 S. Main St., is accused of taking clothing valued at $65 and Jennifer Lee Hooker, 54, of 137 Country Meadow Lane, Pilot Mountain, assorted items valued at $25. Both women are scheduled to appear in Surry District Court on Aug. 28.

• Daniel Blevins, 50, of 1953 Ararat Highway, Ararat, Virginia, was arrested at a Circle Drive location and charged with driving while impaired and driving while licensed revoked on July 21 after being involved in a vehicle collision. Blevins also was served with an outstanding order for arrest for failing to appear in court. He was held in the Surry County Jail under a $300 bond and slated for a Sept. 18 District Court appearance.

• Caitlin Irene Slate, 25, of 244 Peele Road, was served with warrants for her arrest on charges of larceny and possession of stolen goods/property on July 21, when she was encountered by police at 715 W. Independence Blvd., the address for Lowes Foods, during a larceny investigation. The offenses had been filed on July 9, with no other details listed. Slate was held in the county jail under a $500 secured bond, with Oct. 26 her court date.

• Tina Ann Estep, 43, and Ashley Renae Sink, 23, both of Galax, Virginia, were cited on charges of larceny and possession of stolen property on July 20 after they allegedly tried to push a shopping cart with merchandise valued at $754 out of Walmart. The two were detained by store loss-prevention personnel, with Estep facing an additional violation of second-degree trespassing due to previously being banned from all Walmart locations after an incident at its Galax store in September 2016. Estep and Sink are to be in court on Sept. 6.

• Destany Nicole Childress, 28, of 342 Maple Drive, was served with an outstanding warrant on a charge of breaking into a coin-operated machine on July 28 after she was encountered by police on North Main Street at Springs Road. The charge had been issued through the Surry County Sheriff’s Office on July 17. Childress is free on a $1,000 unsecured bond to appear in District Court on Aug. 28.

• Property damage was discovered on July 20 at a building in the 400 block of North South Street owned by Bray Properties Inc., where metal wrapped around a door casing was pulled off, causing damage put at $200.

• The Belk department store was the scene of a theft on July 19, when an unknown suspect stole six Columbia T-shirts of multiple colors.

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