Surry County car theft chase ends with two arrests

Arrests and incidents reported to the Surry County Sheriff’s Office

By Terri Flagg -

LOWGAP — Sheriff’s officers chased two Lowgap residents in an allegedly stolen vehicle and on foot Dec. 9 before making arrests.

Levi Joe Haynes, 26, of Barker Hollow Lane, Lowgap, was charged with larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle and fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle.

Autumn Marie Hawks, 18, of Barker Hollow Lane, Lowgap, was charged with one count of aiding and abetting larceny.

Lt. David Hamlin of the Surry County Sheriff’s Office said Tina Marie Dalton, of Lisa Lane, Mount Airy, had called the department to report her Plymoth Grand Marquis stolen.

On their way to take the report, officers in a patrol car saw the vehicle on Red Brush Road and turned around to follow it.

“A pursuit started, and they chased the car,” Hamlin said.

On Fannie Simmons Road, the car veered off the road, tore through a barbed wire fence and headed across the pasture.

“They stopped the car at the woodline and took off on foot,” Hamlin said.

The officers followed, and when they spotted the suspects on a ridge line, ordered them to stop.

At that point the pair stopped and cooperated, and officers took them into custody.

Bond was set at $100,000 secured for Haynes and at $25,000 secured for Hawks.

Both are due in court on Jan. 26.

Other arrests made by the sheriff’s office included:

• Karen Alisha Hart, 30, of Whitaker Road, Pinnacle, was charged on Dec. 9 with maintaining a drug vehicle, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond was set at $5,000 secured with a court date of Dec. 16.

• Aubra Robert Puckett, 60, of Blalock Court, Pilot Mountain, was charged with obtaining property by false pretense. Bond was set at $2,000 secured with a Jan. 14 court date.

• Connell Novell Sheppard, 35, of Brightwater Drive, Holly Hill, South Carolina, was arrested Dec. 15 at a residence on Siloam Road on a 2003 order to arrest for failing to appear on charges of conspiracy to deliver cocaine and possession with intent to deliver cocaine. Bond was set at $30,000 secured with a Jan. 20 court date.

• Justin Alan Hammonds, 30, of Glendale Circle, Mount Airy, was charged with two counts of obtaining property by false pretense. Bond was set at $2,500 unsecured with a court date of Feb. 1.

The following incidents were reported to the sheriff’s office:

• John David Snow, 35, of Dobbins Mill Road, Elkin, reported on Dec. 4 a vandalism at a rental property where two exterior windows were broken and a meter box and wiring stolen. The total value of the damage and theft equaled $2,000. There are no suspects in the investigation.

• Detectives are investigating a fraud where a check belonging to James Allen Clark, 38, of CC Camp Road, Elkin, was used to obtain $930 from a bank in Richmond, Virginia, where Clark said he had never been.

• Deane Diego Kress Muhlenberg, 56, of Morgan Lane, Collegeville, Pennsylvania, reported a breaking and entering at her future residence on Stony Knoll Road in Dobson. According to the Dec. 4 report, a suspect or suspects entered an unlocked window and stole two chain saws, a compound miter saw, two space heaters and three cordless phones. The value of the stolen items totaled $1,065.

• Bobby Lee Easter, 26, of Blue Hollow Road, Mount Airy, reported his rottweiler and dog house stolen, valued at $100. Detectives have identified a suspect and the investigation is ongoing.

• Bobby Freddy Goins, 60, of Cook Road, Pilot Mountain, told investigators on Dec. 6 that while he had left his home unlocked a suspect or suspects had walked in and stole his 32” flat-screen television, valued at $250. There are no suspects listed at this time.

• Thomas Kindle Bryant, 75, of Ararat Long Hill Road, Ararat, reported a shooting incident where someone shot towards his residence causing putting a hole in a piece of siding, with the damage estimated at $200. According to Hamlin, Bryant had gone to bed for the night but gotten up when he heard shots. He went out to check it out and saw a vehicle driving away, possibly from someone hunting from the roadside.

• William Smith Munsey, 78, of Poplar Springs, State Road, reported $2,000 damage to his automobile. An unknown suspect had scratched the doors, hood and back with an object, cut the seats and spray painted the interior. Hamlin said the investigation has uncovered no suspects or leads.

• On Dec. 13, three residents on Cook School Road reported mailbox damage to five homes: Norma Haymore Bowman, David Woodly Wilkins and Juna Callahan Easter.

Arrests and incidents reported to the Surry County Sheriff’s Office

By Terri Flagg

Reach Terri Flagg at 415-4734.

Reach Terri Flagg at 415-4734.

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