Busted: Best of the blotter

by Amy Kingsley

Real fireworks

Winston-Salem police found 15 sticks of dynamite on July 3 in the basement of a duplex on Reynolda Road. A family cleaning out the basement discovered the explosives around 1:30 p.m. and called 911. The fire department evacuated the building and called in the police department’s bomb squad, which removed the dynamite to an old firing range and destroyed it. The police department had to cordon off the 5800 block of Reynolda Road so members of the bomb squad could remove the ordnance. The property owner told police that her father bought the dynamite 40 years ago for farming and forgot about it.


Victor Mitchell, 43, was steering his lime green scooter home on Elwell Avenue in Greensboro at 2 a.m. on July 5 when he noticed another vehicle following closely behind him. One of the occupants of the trailing truck fired a shot at Mitchell, causing him to lose control of the scooter, according to a police press release. Six Hispanic men poured out of the truck and demanded Mitchell’s money and belongings. They fled the scene with his cash, cell phone and scooter. The victim described the suspects’ vehicle as a white truck with a light bar on top. Anyone with any information about this crime is encouraged to call Crimestoppers at 336.373.1000.

Unarmed robbery

Mary Coles had just cashed her paycheck at John’s Curb Market in Greensboro and was walking to her car when a black male in his late teens shoved her, grabbed her money and ran. Police responded with a K-9 unit but were unable to get a good track on the suspect, who left in the direction of York Street. The attacker was wearing a do-rag, ball cap, white T-shirt and jean shorts. Coles was not injured in the incident.