In two separate incidents, thousands of dollars of firearms were reported stolen in June, according to the Surry County Sheriff’s Office.
Dennis Simmons, 53, reported a double barrel shotgun, valued at $1,000, and three rifles were taken from his home on Brinkley Lane in Pilot Mountain. Window hardware and hardware from the gun cabinet were also damaged in the break-in, according to the June 7 report. The total value of the damage and missing items was listed at $2,500.
Nearly a week later, on June 13, Johnny Luther reported $2,605 worth of firearms stolen from his Thurmond Road home in Thurmond. The missing guns included a .22-caliber Ruger, three Smith & Wessons of various caliber, and two unknown models. Larceny of any firearm is a felony offense in North Carolina.
On June 12, the sheriff’s office received two separate reports of several power tools stolen.
Colt Simmons, 30, of Laila Lane, reported $4,270 worth of items taken, including a fiberglass door and window, oak flooring, a skill saw, mixer, grinder and drill set. The break-in occured at a non-residential building on Cook School Road in Pilot Mountain. The suspect is reported to have used a blunt object such as a hammer to break into the front door of the establishment.
Later that day, Timothy Nixon, 33, reported a window had been removed from his home on Mountain Park Road in State Road, and a weed-eater, two chainsaws and a chop saw valuing nearly $1,200 total taken. Damage to a door frame and outbuilding door frame was valued at $350.
In other reports:
• Ricky Holyfield, of Caves Mill Road, Dobson, reported the license plate was stolen off his vehicle while parked at his home. The missing tag was reported to the National Crime Information Center.
• Christopher Venable, 48, of Friend Lane, reported a $2,500 box lawn mower trailer was taken from his home. The crime was listed as a felony larceny.
• Steven Pell, 33, of Dobson, reported that a visitor stole a $400 tablet while in his home on East Bank Lane.
• Monica Nichos, 40, of W. Crosswinds Court, reported someone set a bag of clothes and toys on fire on her front porch.
• Judith Blyth, 64, of Old Highway 601, reported someone entered her residence by unknown means, possibly by jimmying open the basement door lock. No property was listed as stolen or damaged, according to the June 7 incident report.
• Carolee Lineberry, 41, of Seth Lane, Lowgap, reported someone entered her trailer through a window and took $20 worth of food. No damage to the home was caused.
• Donald Ball, 71, of N.C. Highway 268, Elkin, reported three crepe myrtles were destroyed at his home when someone drove over them with a tractor.
• Three deep cycle batteries and a battery charger were reported stolen from the home of Dwight Marshall, 63, of HG Lewis Road in Thurmond. The total value of the items was listed as $411, according to the June 12 report.
• Fishing gear valued at $800 was reported stolen from the home of Tony Phillips, 41, of N.C. Highway 268, Elkin.
• William Perdue, 33, of McBride Road, reported on June 13 someone broke into an outbuilding at his home and stole a dirt bike valued at $500.
• Eight rolls of hay were reported stolen from Glenn Barnes, 70, of Smith Road. According to the June 14 incident report, the rolls of hay measured four feet by four feet and were taken from a barn.