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

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