Hackers steal thousands of dollars

By Terri Flagg - tflagg@civitasmedia.com

DOBSON — A Mount Airy trucking company’s system was hacked, resulting in the theft of nearly $7,000, according to a Oct. 21 report made to the Surry County Sheriff’s Office.

An employee of WLA Trucking Company located on White Pines Country Club Road, told investigators that usernames and passwords were obtained for the issuance of “COM” checks in four states.

A spokesperson for the sheriff’s office explained that the checks are an electronic check system trucking companies use to provide money for drivers and other expenses while on the road.

The checks issued totaled $6,936.80, according to the report.

“This is an ongoing investigation at this time,” said Det. Sgt. J.D. Briles, of the sheriff’s office.

In other sheriff’s office reports:

• Andy Marion, of Burge Road, Pinnacle, reported a trailer stolen on Oct. 21. The trailer is described as yellow and brown with two axles and valued at $7,000.

• Jimmy Eads, of West Dodson Mill Road, Pilot Mountain, reported the theft of a trailer loaded with an ATV and an aerator. According the Oct. 21 report, the black, single-axle trailer was valued at $1,000, the aerator at $400 and the 1994 blue colored Honda four wheeler at $1,000.

• Hector Nieto, of Coolidge Avenue, reported on Oct. 21 a larceny of fire department issued turn out gear from his vehicle. The report states that fire resistant pants, gloves and work boots were valued at $1,000 total. The Four Way Volunteer Fire Department was listed as a victim.

• On Oct. 22, Pedro Caro, of Blue Hollow Road, Mount Airy, reported an unknown suspect or suspects spray painted a penis on his driveway.

• Martha Ann Clyburn, of McMillian Lane, Mount Airy, reported her window damaged when a suspect or suspects attempted to pry it open. Damage to the window was listed at $250 on the Oct. 22 report.

• Roland Brown, of Perch Road, Pinnacle, reported a break-in at his home on Oct. 22 that resulted in the theft of miscellaneous watches, clothing and medication. The total value of the stolen property was $1,250.

• David Childress, of Phillips Road, reported the theft of a landscaping cart worth $280 from behind his Dobson residence on Oct. 22.

• Carl Whitlock, of Lynn Road, Midway, reported damage to his scooter after leaving it at a friend’s home on Pine Ridge Road, Mount Airy. The damage was valued at $900 and included a broken headlight, a cut seat and dented fenders, according to the Oct. 23 report.

• On Oct. 23, Joshua Marion, of Old Highway 601, Mount Airy, reported $200 of damage to the drivers side mirror on his vehicle.

• Crystal Gail Akers, 34, of Haystack Road, Mount Airy, was arrested Oct. 20 and charged with two counts of felony attempt to obtain a controlled substance through forgery or fraud. She was released with a written promise to appear in court on Nov. 8.

• Ashley Ann Harmon, 28, of Glen Haven Lane, Dobson, was arrested Oct. 20 and charged with one felony count of larceny by employee. Harmon was confined in the Surry County Detention Center under a $1,000 bond secured bond and scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 22.

• Ricky Dale Sehen, 52, of Circle Drive, Mount Airy, was arrested Oct. 21 and charged with one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance. He was confined under a $5,000 secured bond and scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 23.

By Terri Flagg