Mount Airy man convicted for exploiting senior citizen

By Terri Flagg -

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DOBSON — Video surveillance at a local ATM helped convict a Mount Airy man accused of stealing from a disabled elderly woman.

Brandon Lee Medley, 22, of Lori Lane, pleaded guilty on Aug. 4 to several felony and misdemeanor violations including exploitation of a disabled or elder adult, two counts of financial card theft, felony larceny, three counts of obtaining property by false pretense, conspiracy to obtain property by false pretense, misdemeanor larceny, simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance and two counts possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to the state’s summary of the evidence provided during the plea hearing Thursday, the charges stemmed primarily from three different incidents.

In November 2014, Medley was accused of lifting a set of spare tires, worth $3,000, from a 48-foot flatbed trailer.

Detectives checked in with local scrap yards, one of which had purchased the spare tires from a seller – allegedly Medley — who had shown photo identification as required for the sale.

Medley was arrested and charged, and the spare tires returned to their rightful owner.

In January, officers with the Mount Airy Police Department “had the opportunity to interact with the defendant,” said Mark Miller, assistant district attorney, and the defendant was found with a bent silver spoon and three loaded syringes.

The third crime was uncovered when “two separate investigations came together,” Miller stated.

In February 2016 the city police department was dispatched to perform a welfare check on an elderly resident with deteriorated mental capacities, Miller said.

The woman’s caretakers had noticed money had been missing from her bank accounts. Investigators identified seven suspicious transactions each involving cash withdrawals from $200 to $500. The amount stolen, including service charges, totaled $2,914.89.

Video recording at an ATM identified Medley as the suspect.

Miller said that Medley and his girlfriend (and co-defendant) had obtained the victimized woman’s pin number when she had bought the couple a meal at a local fast food restaurant.

The pair had also passed a couple of stolen checks at another grocery store.

Medley was given an eight- to 19-month suspended sentence and placed on supervised probation for 36 months. He was also ordered to perform 48 hours of community service within 90 days and to pay $2,914.89 in restitution along with the community service fee and the costs of court and probation.

In a second sentence, Medley was given a split sentence of 80 days in jail with 80 days credit for time served and a suspended six- to 17-month sentence with 36 months of supervised probation.

Other matters of the court addressed during the August Superior Court term included:

• Vicky Sarah Slavey, 37, of Gold Dust Lane, Fancy Gap, Virginia, pleaded guilty to fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, misdemeanor child abuse and possession of drug paraphernalia on Aug. 4.

According to the state’s evidence, Slavey was driving a pickup without valid tags and failed to stop when a state trooper tried to pull her over.

The officer used a precision immobilization technique to stop her.

Slavey was transporting a child under 12 who was not restrained, and a grinder “with marijuana crumbs” was also found inside the vehicle.

Several additional misdemeanor motor vehicle violations were dismissed through a plea arrangement.

The defendant, who had no prior felony record, was given a split sentence of 25 days in jail with credit for 25 days and a suspended six- to 17-month sentence with 24 months of supervised probation.

• Thomas Lee Pardon, 41, of Tobaccoville Road, Rural Hall, was given a split sentence after pleading guilty to several felonious drug violations.

Those charges, which occurred between Aug. 28 and Aug. 31, 2015, included possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance, two counts, a schedule I controlled substance, a schedule IV controlled substance and marijuana. He also pleaded guilty to maintaining a drug vehicle or dwelling. He was ordered to serve 26 days in jail with 26 days credit and given a suspended six- to 17-month sentence with 24 months of supervised probation.

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