Couple arrested on larceny charges, man assaults officer

By Amanda Dodson - adodson@thestokesnews.com
Toni Webb -
Michael Soffera -

Michael Soffera, 31, and Toni Webb, 29, were arrested by the King Police Department and charged with two counts of felony larceny on Friday, June 22.

King Police received a call from Lowes Food in King on Wednesday, June 20, of a man and woman observed entering the store at approximately 11 a.m. pushing a baby stroller. The man removed 13 cans of baby formula from the shelf valued at $234.57, placed them under a blanket inside the stroller and left the store without making purchases.

Two days later, just before 4 p.m. on Friday, King Police Department was notified of a larceny and fight in progress at Lowes Foods. The same man and woman pushing a baby in a stroller was inside Lowes Foods. The suspects went directly to the baby formula aisle and stole 13 cans of baby formula and again concealed them under a blanket beneath the baby stroller.

The male suspect then rolled the baby stroller out of the store, exiting without making any purchases. The female followed a few moments later and attempted to exit the store. When King Police arrived on the scene, the male suspect was fighting with a store employee who was attempting to detain him.

The male suspect assaulted Sergeant Chad Williams of the King Police Department, who arrested him. The female suspect was also arrested. A family member was contacted and took custody of the child.

Sixteen large cans of stolen infant formula were found in the suspect vehicle, a red 1995 Chevrolet pickup. Both suspects declined to make a statement to police.

Soffera, of Miller Street in Winston Salem, was charged with two counts of felony larceny from merchant and one count of resisting a police officer. He was issued a $5,000 secured bond by Magistrate Dina Bowman, pending a court date of July 17, 2018 in Stokes County.

Webb, of Scenic Drive in King, was charged with two counts of felony larceny from merchant. She was issued a $5,000 secured bond by Magistrate Dina Bowman, pending a court date of July 17, 2018 in Stokes County.

Toni Webb
https://www.thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/web1_Webb.jpgToni Webb

Michael Soffera
https://www.thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/web1_100_5594.jpgMichael Soffera

By Amanda Dodson

adodson@thestokesnews.com