By Tom Joyce
• A car valued at $15,000 has been reported stolen from a Mount Airy residence in recent days, according to city police department reports. The red 2009 Ford Focus, bearing license number AJA921 and owned by Louis Dexter Smith Jr. of West Lebanon Street, was discovered missing Friday from the front of Shannon Gayle Atkinson’s home on West Oakdale Street. The loss also included an Insignia GPS unit, phone chargers, miscellaneous CDs and Christmas presents.
• A fire was intentionally set to brush Monday on a vacant lot in the 400 block of West Pine Street, owned by Gloria Mittman McNeill of Lewisville. It occurred in a 50-foot clearing between two buildings, which had no signs of damage. The city fire department extinguished the blaze.
• Justin Bruce Wilson, 52, of 120 W. Pine St., was charged Sunday with larceny by employee, a felony. Wilson is accused in connection with an incident reported the day before at Memories on Main, a North Main Street business, involving the theft of an undisclosed sum of cash from a safe. Wilson is free on a $3,000 unsecured bond and is scheduled to appear in Surry District Court on Dec. 10.
• A larceny occurred Saturday outside Belk in Mayberry Mall, where an unknown suspect grabbed the pocketbook of Ann Johnson Griggs of West Lebanon Street after she had set it down to load items into a vehicle. The suspect left in a gray mini-van. In addition to the Aigner pocketbook, valued at $200, the loss included a Magnavox cell phone worth $100, an undisclosed sum of cash, a Surrey Bank & Trust checkbook and T.J. Maxx, Belk, Bank of America and MasterCard credit cards.
• A breaking and entering Saturday at the Cherry Street apartment of Mary Alice Hoots netted the theft of a black JVC 32-inch flat-screen television set valued at $130, with entry gained after a rock was used to break a door glass.
• Police learned of a case of animal cruelty Friday in which an unknown suspect had tied a dog to a tree along the roadside near 100 Piedmont Triad West Drive and shot the animal with a firearm. The case was under investigation at last report.
• Tyler Wayne Trickey, 19, of 117 Howard St., was arrested for disorderly conduct Thursday night at the football stadium of Mount Airy High School, after he allegedly yelled obscenities at other patrons. Trickey ran across the field when approached and later was observed and placed under arrest. He was confined in the Surry County Jail under a $2,500 secured bond and is to be in District Court today.
• Patricia Ann Turney, 45, of 1030 Knob Creek Road, Pinnacle, was held under a $100,000 secured bond due to being charged with trafficking in opium or heroin on Nov. 3 after a traffic stop on West Pine Street at Riverside Drive for an equipment violation. Hydrocodone and marijuana also were found, leading to additional charges of possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance along with possession of drug paraphernalia. Turney is facing a Dec. 11 District Court appearance.
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