By Tom Joyce
• A pre-Christmas scheme to return stolen merchandise for cash at Walmart has led to the arrest of two Elkin residents on felony charges, according to Mount Airy Police Department reports. Christopher Blaine Settle, 21, and Katherine Marie Burgess, 28, both of 244 Joe Layne Mill Road, allegedly took miscellaneous books and football cards Monday valued at nearly $140 altogether and tried to get refunds the same day. The books included “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” and one by Bill O’Reilly.
Settle, who listed his nearest relative as his mother imprisoned in Raleigh, was charged with attempting to obtain property by false pretense and Burgess with aiding and abetting that felony crime. Settle further was charged with trespassing at Walmart and police also discovered he was wanted on a November probation violation in Yadkin County and that Burgess is a fugitive from justice from Tazewell, Va. Settle was jailed under a $3,850 secured bond and Burgess a $1,500 secured bond, with both scheduled to appear in Surry District Court on Jan. 7.
• Police were told Monday that a firearm, a Ruger 9mm pistol, and case had been taken from the home of Lorraine Rose Johnson on Wards Gap Road. The property is valued at $370.
• An X Generation remote-control car valued at $25 was stolen Monday at Roses.
• Samuel Lacy Cox, 55, of 410 Broad St., was cited Monday for allowing an animal to run at large in violation of a city ordinance. His dog is said to have attacked neighbors, which also led to Surry County Animal Control issuing a restraining order for the animal. Cox is scheduled to appear in Surry District Court on Feb. 25.
• A theft was reported on Dec. 19 by personnel at Tractor Supply Co., where an Ingersoll Rand five-horsepower air compressor valued at $1,000 had been taken by an unknown party the day before.
• Police learned of a false pretense crime including forgery and uttering on Dec. 19 in which Surrey Bank and Trust on West Pine Street is the victim. The case involves the cashing of a check from an account of Frank Fleming, the value of which was not listed.
• James Henry Lineback III, 22, of 871 Bryant Road, is facing violations of larceny, injury to personal property, inhaling toxic vapors, possession of toxic vapors and second-degree trespassing, which were filed on Dec. 19 after police answered a suspicious-person call at Ollie’s Bargain Outlet. Lineback is free on a written promise to appear in court next Thursday.
• A case of obtaining property by false pretense was discovered on Dec. 18 at Good Life Outfitters on North Main Street, involving the use of a fraudulent card for two online purchases of miscellaneous clothing valued at $1,967.
• Holly Rickerra Kindell, 24, of Asheville, was arrested for shoplifting on Dec. 18 at Walmart; Tranace Octayviea Timmons, 21, also of Asheville, for larceny; and Qwontavius LaFrederick Dockery, 28, of Albemarle, for aiding and abetting larceny. The violations stem from an incident in which unspecified items were concealed and taken from the store. Kindell and Dockery were each jailed under a $1,500 secured bond and Timmons under a $1,000 secured bond, with all three to be in District Court next Thursday.
• Dollar General on South Main Street was the scene of a theft on Dec. 17, when a known suspect removed $71 worth of cartons of Mountain Dew in bottles and cans from a display area in front of the store.
• Packages of men’s underwear and T-shirts valued at about $20 were stolen from Dollar General on North Andy Griffith Parkway on Dec. 17.
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