Two Walnut Cove residents are under arrest following a Dec. 18 break in at the Speedway convenience store in Walnut Cove.
Stokes County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Danny Bottoms said deputies charged Tracie Riddle Flowers, 41, and James Carldine Callahan, 51, both of of 1114 Tilley Rd., Walnut Cove, with breaking and entering, larceny, possession of stolen property and conspiracy to break and enter. Both suspects are under a $3,500 secured bond. Police said Flowers was an employee at the Speedway store in Walnut Cove.
Bottoms said deputies were dispatched to the store at 1:14 a.m. on Dec. 18 after being contacted by the store’s alarm company. He said when deputies arrived on the scene they discovered pennies, dimes, nickels and quarters laying on the sidewalk at the front door and waited on a key holder to arrive.
“The alarm company called the Stokes County 911 center and advised them that the people who broke into the Speedway were driving a red Ford Explorer which was relayed to the deputies that were at the Speedway,” said Bottoms, noting that another deputy who was traveling on Hwy. 65 in Germanton at the time saw a similar vehicle. “The deputy stopped the S.U.V., looked into the S.U.V. and located two change machines in the floor board of the S.U.V.”
Bottoms said when a key holder arrived at the Walnut Cove store, deputies were advised that there were two change machines stolen.
“The change machines were identified by the manager of the Speedway that were inside the S.U.V.,” said Bottoms. “The deputies then arrested two suspects that were in the S.U.V. The change machines were valued at $2,000 and had some change in them.”
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