After an alarm call from Foothills Grocery in Madison at 3:10 a.m. on July 31, Oscar Garcia, Jr., age 16, of Hwy. 89 in Westfield, was arrested and charged with felony breaking and entering, felony larceny after breaking and entering, felony possession of stolen goods, felony conspiring to commit breaking and entering, and misdemeanor possession of up to a half-ounce of marijuana. Garcia is held on a $5,000 secured bond.
According to a press release issued by the Stokes County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Patsy Collins arrived on the scene at Foothills Grocery in Madison after the alarm call and found the front door “busted out” and requested a detective. Detective Chris Lawson arrived and conducted the investigation and after interviewing the owner of the business, he discovered several items had been stolen during the break-in.
Officers also learned the store had been damaged while the suspect was inside. On August 1, the sheriff’s office developed leads on the case and Detective Lawson, along with Patrol Sgt. JD Eads followed-up on the information, which lead to the arrest of Garcia at his residence in the Westifield community.
There are additional pending charges involving a juvenile in the case.
Sheriff Mike Marshall released the following statement: “I am very proud of our Officers and Investigators who work very hard to hunt down and charge the ones responsible for crimes committed against our citizens. Our businesses, property owners and our good citizens do not deserve their lives being affected like this by thieves and robbers.”