Second suspect in vending machine break-ins caught

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Hillsville police caught a Barren Springs woman July 19

By Christopher Brooke, Reporter

 HILLSVILLE — While one suspect in vending machine break-ins was caught in Hillsville, authorities picked up a second suspect two states away, according to town police.

Local officers charged Tina Michelle Pauley, 42, of Barren Springs after a Carroll deputy saw a person attempting to break into a drink machine at Montgomery Auto Care on West Stuart Drive in Hillsville at about 5:30 a.m.July 19.

As the deputy went to investigate, a male subject fled on foot.

Hillsville officers, Carroll County deputies and canine units from Carroll and Galax attempted to track the man, but he got away at the time.

Police identified the second suspect as James Michael Pauley, 48, Tina Pauley's husband.

Police charged her with petit larceny and destruction of property.

James Pauley was arrested in Columbia, S.C., on July 28 and is being held in jail awaiting extradition to Virginia, Hillsville police said in a news release Monday. Pauley is a suspect in a large number of vandalism cases involving soda vending machines in Hillsville and surrounding localities.