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'Andy Griffith Show' actress robbed in 'Mayberry'

Published: Thu, April 29, 2010 @ 3:00 p.m.

MOUNT AIRY, N.C. (AP) — The actress who played Thelma Lou on "The Andy Griffith Show" was robbed in the town that inspired the show's idyllic Mayberry setting, after moving to the area to avoid big city crime.

Betty Lou Lynn had her wallet stolen at a shopping center in Mount Airy, the birthplace of Andy Griffith.

The Mount Airy News reports that police arrested Shirley Walter Guynn of Cana, Va. He's in Surry County Jail on a $10,000 bond. It was not immediately clear today if he has a lawyer.

In an earlier interview with the newspaper, the 83-year-old Lynn said she moved to Mount Airy after being robbed three times in Los Angeles. In the TV series, Thelma Lou was the girlfriend of Deputy Barney Fife, played by Don Knotts.


1Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 6 years ago

And people complain about Youngstown. Even Mayberry (Mount Airy) is subject to crime.

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2rmzrez(134 comments)posted 6 years ago

Sounds like Poland

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3saddad(651 comments)posted 6 years ago

Get your bullet out Barney

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4jireland1(41 comments)posted 6 years ago

If this was April 1st, I would say someone was up to some trickery.

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5Progress(58 comments)posted 6 years ago

Nip it in the bud!!!!!

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6Stan(9923 comments)posted 6 years ago

They should lock the perp up until he is eighty three if he lives that long and then release him on the South Side of Youngstown .

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