After several months of investigative work, the Stokes County Sheriff’s Office has made arrests related to cases of stolen vehicles and breaking and entering of motor vehicles in the Sandy Ridge area.
According to a press release from the Sheriff’s Office, on Jan. 23 detectives were able to piece together leads from information they received that helped them solve these crimes.
Sheriff Mike Marshall stated in the release: “The suspects in these cases would steal the vehicles, and then just within a few hours or a few days the stolen vehicles would be found parked abandoned near one of the suspect’s residences located on or near NC Hwy 770.”
He later explained that the suspects would take the vehicles for their personal use and steal items from them before later abandoning them.
Two men have been arrested on multiple charges related to this case. Kenneth Ray Hayden Jr., 31, of NC Hwy 770, Sandy Ridge, has been charged with felony breaking or entering a motor vehicle, misdemeanor larceny, misdemeanor possession of stolen goods or property, felony larceny of motor vehicle and felony possession of stolen motor vehicle. Bond is $50,000 secured.
Michael Paul Atkins, 33, of 2786 Ellisboro Road, Stokesdale, has been charged with breaking or entering a motor vehicle, misdemeanor larceny, misdemeanor possession of stolen goods or property, felony larceny of motor vehicle and felony possession of stolen motor vehicle. Bond is $10,000 secured.
Their first court appearance is set for Feb. 20. Marshall said the investigation is ongoing, so more charges could be issued at a later date.
Sheriff Marshall stated, “I would like to thank the Kernersville Police Department for assisting our detectives in apprehending Michael Paul Atkins. Sometimes it takes teamwork with other agencies to do what we do. At least the citizens of Sandy Ridge can rest a little easier now that these defendants have been arrested.”
The Sheriff’s Office has had success breaking cases in the Sandy Ridge area lately. In November, a few arrests were made in connection with residence break-ins along highways 704 and 770.
Sheriff Marshall said of the recent arrests, “I am proud of our detective division for the time and hard work they have put into solving these cases. No, we don’t solve them all, but our guys give their very best. We will continue to work hard to solve crimes against our citizens here in Stokes County.”