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• A Mount Airy man has been charged with two violations, one a felony, stemming from a recent break-in of a neighbor’s vehicle, according to city police department reports. John Christopher Yarbrough, 28, of 323 Taylor St., is accused of felonious breaking and entering of a motor vehicle and larceny. The case relates to an incident on July 20, when Allison Rachel Knights, also of Taylor Street, witnessed a known suspect enter her vehicle and remove an undisclosed sum of money.


Yarbrough was encountered during the investigation of that break-in by police, who discovered outstanding warrants on him for felony violations including obtaining property by false pretense, possession of a stolen vehicle and altering a title which had been issued two days before by Surry County authorities. The latest charges were filed Sunday against Yarbrough, who was released on a $1,000 secured bond and is to appear in Surry District Court on Aug. 20.


• After being encountered by police Monday during a dispute on Austin Drive, Jeanne Harrell Martin, 42, of 405 Austin Drive, was charged with stealing medication valued at $100 from a neighbor, Hazel Tate Mills. Martin is free on a written promise to appear in District Court on Aug. 28.


• Gregory Walter Vincent Upchurch, 21, of 125 Beulah Wood St., Pinnacle, was jailed under a $4,000 secured bond early Tuesday after he was located in the parking lot of Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation (PART) on Carter Street during a suspicious-vehicle investigation. Upchurch was charged with inhaling toxic vapors, possession of a toxic vapors substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, after allegedly being found with incense that he admitted smoking, and also was discovered to be wanted on two orders for arrest for failing to appear in court — both filed earlier this month. He now is scheduled to be in District Court on Aug. 20.


• Tonia Duran, 19, and Jessica Velazquez, 18, both of 127 Hickory Point Road, are facing larceny offenses due to allegedly concealing makeup products valued at $153 at Walmart and leaving the store without paying. All the items were recovered, with a Sept. 10 court date set for the pair.


• A larceny violation was issued Monday against Stacey Lee Phillips, 31, of 215 Ridge Road, Dobson, after she allegedly took two pair of jeans valued at $116 from JCPenney in Mayberry Mall, which were concealed in her purse by her boyfriend, Earl Ray Gentry, 41, of 294 Early Gentry Lane, Dobson. He is charged with concealment in the same incident, with the merchandise listed as recovered. Phillips and Gentry are to appear in court on Sept. 29.


• Benjamin Grey Hinson, 21, of 200 W. Oakdale St., was cited for larceny Monday after he allegedly took a cell phone case valued at $21 from E Nar Accessories, a business at Mayberry Mall. The property was recovered and Hinson is scheduled to be in Surry District Court on Sept. 30.


• A pink Mongoose bicycle valued at $130 was discovered missing Sunday from the home of owner Veronica Frances Marcias on Old Rockford Street. The bike was taken while unsecured in the front yard.


• Randall Terrell Hiatt, 48, of 308 Beck Lane, was cited for larceny Saturday after allegedly stealing Applewood bacon from Walmart, with an Oct. 8 court date set.


• A larceny occurred Friday at the residence of Vincent Michael Newton Sr. on West Lebanon Street, where a yellow and black 20-inch NEXT BMX bicycle valued at $89 was taken from the victim’s yard.


• Daniel James Phillips, 32, of 118 E. Wilson St., was charged with resisting a public officer last Thursday after he was encountered by police during a drug investigation and allegedly fled on foot. Phillips was caught on Creed Street near Haymore Street and released on a written promise to appear in Surry District Court on Sept. 23.


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