King police officers arrested two Virginia residents following a reported robbery at Petals, Metals & Wood in downtown King.
King Police Chief Paula May said the owner of Petals, Metal & Wood called 911 at around 10:30 a.m. Saturday to report the theft of her wallet from the store.
“She reported that a man and woman came into her business feigning interest in some antiques,” said May. “While the woman talked with the owner, the man stole the owner’s wallet from her purse behind a counter. The owner of the business found her purse turned upside down and her wallet missing shortly thereafter.
May said the owner observed the suspects going into another business nearby and confronted them.
“The man removed her wallet from the front of his pants and gave it back to her, and then the suspects left in an older model white Dodge van,” said May, noting that while King Police Officers were responding to the scene the suspects vehicle, as described by the victim, was spotted by a deputy sheriff on East Dalton Street headed out of town. “King police officers initiated a felony stop near the Dairio and ended at Sheetz on East King Street. The two suspects were identified and arrested.”
May added that officers found drugs and drug paraphernalia in the suspect’s vehicle.
Dwayne Edward Martin, 49, of Amherst, Va., was charged with three felony counts of financial card theft, possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, larceny, and misdemeanor conspiracy to commit larceny. He was issued a $10,000 secured bond, and is currently in custody in the Stokes Detention Center awaiting a court date of June 28.
Donna Patricia Ballou, 33, of Amherst, Va., was charged with three felony counts of financial card theft, larceny, and misdemeanor conspiracy to commit larceny. She was issued a $5,000 secured bond, and is currently in custody in the Stokes Detention Center awaiting a court date of June 28.
Drugs and drug paraphernalia were found as a result of a search of the suspects’ van by King Police Officers.
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