by Clellie Allen
WAKE FOREST — A Lowe’s Foods meat department employee was arrested for felony embezzlement of more than $2,000 worth of beef primals — pieces of meat initially separated from the carcass during butchering.
Jerry Ronald Early, 19, 30 Rebecca Lane, Youngsville, was arrested at the Gateway Commons store July 26, and taken to Wake County jail where he was held on a $3,000 bond.
According to Wake Forest Police spokesperson Bill Crabtree, since Jan. 1, Early significantly marked down large orders of meat and then used the self-checkout lane to purchase them.
The cuts of meat were originally worth anywhere from $75 to more than $200, said Crabtree. Early would mark them as low as 50 cents to $1.
Laptops proved a little too portable
WAKE FOREST — Walmart has reported the loss of six laptop computers, valued at more than $4,000.
The store reported the theft July 16.
The police incident report noted there was no evidence of a forcible entry and that it was possible the suspect had knowledge of the place or had spent time casing it.
Crabtree said the theft was still under investigation.
Vandalism costly to contractors
WAKE FOREST — Two contractors performing work at a construction site in the 900 block of Oak Grove Church Road discovered thousands of dollars of damage to work vehicles after returning to work Monday, July 15.
D&J Logging, based out of Raleigh, reported $5,500 in damage to three pieces of equipment, two Caterpillar excavators and a Caterpillar bulldozer.
Anderson & Company, Inc, of Tarboro, reported $6,500 in damage to a John Deere excavator and two Komatsu excavators with a further $350 in stolen wires.
Crabtree said the cases are still under investigation.
Man caught drunk, with drugs and young children not in car seats
WAKE FOREST — An alert Wake Forest police officer stopped an under-the-influence driver, rescuing two young children from a dangerous situation.
Officer A.G. Sims noticed a car driving erratically July 28 and attempted to make a traffic stop on Capital Boulevard.
The driver, 38 year old Anthony Keith Douglas of 2906 Glasgow St., Raleigh, initially refused to stop for Sims.
When he did finally pull over, Sims found a 2-year-old and a 2-month-old lying in the back seat, not properly restrained.
In a search of the vehicle, officers found an open bottle of beer and more than eight grams of marijuana.
Douglas was arrested on seven charges: misdemeanor child abuse, simple possession (of marijuana), driving while impaired, open container of alcohol, resisting public officer, driving while license revoked and making an unsafe lane change.
Douglas’ passenger, Jamie Sherese Hinton, 32, 7114 Long Street Drive, Unit C, Raleigh, initially gave officers a false name, leading to a resisting public officers charge. Hinton was also charged with misdemeanor child abuse, possession of marijuana, aiding and abetting a DWI and possession of an open container/consumption of alcohol in the passenger area.
Douglas was held at the Wake County jail on a $4,000 bond, while Hinton was cited and released.
Crabtree said the children in the vehicle were released to Hinton, but did not know if Child Protective Services followed up with the family at a later time.
Fake prescriptions land man in jail
YOUNGSVILLE — A Littleton man was arrested Monday by Youngsville Police Officer J. Payne for felony attempting to obtain a controlled substance through fraud, at the CVS drugstore.
According to a police report filed at the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Joseph Anthony Rybiski, 49, 108 Maple Point Drive, Littleton, allegedly walked into CVS to purchase Xanax from the pharmacy.
Rybiski stated he had a prescription for the medication, but the prescription had been photocopied. When questioned by Youngsville Police Rybiski said, “I don’t know what the big problem is, it’s my prescription,” the report states.
Management at CVS found another copy of a prescription that was filled prior to Monday and was also a photocopy.
Rybiski told police that he had photocopied the prescriptions because he did not have enough time to go to his physician’s office.
After Rybiski was taken into custody, CVS management uncovered that Rybiski also made purchases for Xanax at CVS of Wake Forest and Walgreens of Franklinton in the past months.
Officers were able to locate a receipt from a Raleigh K-mart from earlier Monday where Rybiski purchased Xanax.
All the purchases were made with a photocopy of the original prescription dated February 2013.
Rybiski is being confined at the Franklin County jail on a $15,000 secured bond.
— Jonathan McNamara
Springfield subdivision man arrested for trafficking cocaine
WAKE CROSSROADS — A Raleigh man is in jail on a number of serious drug-dealing charges.
Salvador David Sanchez, 26, 3605 Pine Knoll Drive, Raleigh, was arrested July 23 on a warrant by Wake County Sheriff’s Deputy E.N. Sanchez at 3957 Tyler Bluff Lane, Raleigh, in Wake Crossroads.
He was taken to the Wake County jail and held on a $750,000 secured bond.
According to the report, Sanchez, also known as Sanchez-Hernandez, is charged with four counts of trafficking cocaine, two counts each of selling, delivering and possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine, three counts maintaining a dwelling or vehicle for a controlled substance and an additional undefined controlled substance charge. All charges are felonies.
The amount of drugs was not listed on the report, but distributing 28 or more grams of cocaine generates the trafficking charge, according to state statutes.
Tyler Bluff Lane is located in the Springfield subdivision, adjacent to Wake Crossroads Lake and about two-tenths of a mile east of Harris Creek Elementary School.
Wake County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Capt. Jimmy Stevens declined to discuss any particulars of the arrest, including whether the alleged drug dealing was performed at Sanchez’s home, his place of arrest or elsewhere.
But media reports state that Sanchez is one of five men arrested on felony drug charges for allegedly selling cocaine to undercover agents.
Milagro Rodriguez, identified in Wake County property records as the co-owner of the Tyler Bluff Lane residence, is listed on the police report as Sanchez’s nearest relative.
The report states that Sanchez’s occupation is an installer with Creative Touch Interiors.
According to a search of online Department of Correction records, Sanchez has previous convictions for driving while license revoked, speeding and giving fictitious information to a law enforcement officer in 2003-04 and driving while impaired in 2012, all in Lee County. All sentences were suspended.
His next court date is Aug. 13.