The Richmond Register

September 18, 2012

Police charge two men in liquor store burglary

By Sarah Hogsed
Register News Writer

RICHMOND — Richmond police have arrested two men in connection with a break-in at a local liquor store and the theft of more than $1,000 in cigarettes.

Brad Scott Lamb, 23, Steep Street, was charged Thursday with third-degree burglary, and Dustin R. Cook, 23, Boggs Lane, was charged with complicity to third-degree burglary, according to a news release from Police Chief Larry Brock.

A representative of the House of Liquor, Big Hill Avenue, reported Sept. 6 that the business had been burglarized the previous night, Brock said.

Thirty to 40 cartons of cigarettes and a bottle of Jim Beam whiskey were stolen, which had a total value of $1,242.

“The follow-up investigation identified Lamb and Cook as suspects in the burglary,” Brock said in the release.

After being interviewed at the police station Thursday, the two men were charged with the store’s burglary and taken to the Madison County Detention Center.

Both men remained in jail Monday afternoon.

The cigarettes have not been recovered, Brock said.

RPD: Man accepted payment, but failed to deliver flooring

A Richmond man has been charged with theft after police say he sold antique flooring to a woman for $7,700 but never delivered the wood.

James Davis, 42, East Locust Street, was charged Friday with theft by failure to make required disposition of property, an RPD news release stated.

The woman told police June 29 that she responded to a Craigslist advertisement in March offering antique wood flooring for sale that had been salvaged during a home demolition.

Davis was the person the woman spoke to about the wood, and she agreed to buy the flooring if it met her needs, the release stated.

The woman’s contractor from Tennessee inspected the flooring March 29 and found it acceptable.

The contractor delivered a $7,700 check in exchange for 2,420 square feet of flooring, according to the release.

The contractor was only able to pick up a small portion of wood the day he delivered the check, and the woman reported she planned on picking up the rest later.

However, two days later when she went to pick up the remaining wood, it was gone, the release stated.

Davis told the woman for two months he was going to deliver the wood, but never did, according to the release.

A warrant was issued July 19 for Davis’ arrest, and he was taken into custody Friday at his home.

Stolen moped recovered

Police were able to make an arrest and recover a stolen moped just a day after it was reported stolen.

Larry R. Dunaway, 33, Manna Drive, was charged Wednesday with receiving stolen property (under $10,000).

A resident in the 200 block of Evansdale Avenue told police Monday that his TGB Cheetah R-5 moped, worth $1,000, had been stolen from his apartment building’s parking lot during the previous night.

Police were investigating a report of suspicious activity the next day behind Dunaway’s apartment and discovered the stolen moped, according to the news release.

Dunaway had been in possession of the moped since shortly after its theft, according to the release.

He was arrested and taken to the Madison County Detention Center while the moped was returned to its owner.

Man charged with trying to cash stolen check

Police have charged a man they say tried to cash a stolen check from a local business.

John Hembree, 39, Rose Lane, was charged Friday with second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.

The previous day, the owner of Madison Tool & Die had been contacted by his bank, which told him that a man was attempting to cash a check for $2,500 on the company’s account, according to an RPD news release.

The owner didn’t remember issuing a check for that amount and then discovered seven of his company checks were missing, the release stated.

The follow-up investigation identified Hembree as the man who tried to cash the check, and he was arrested after being interviewed Friday at the police department, according to the release.

$14,400 in jewelry taken from Longview Drive home

A resident in the 100 block of Longview Drive told police Saturday that her home had been broken into and thousands in jewelry had been stolen.

The home had been entered by cutting the screen on an open bathroom window in the rear of the  home, according to the RPD.

The missing jewelry included several necklaces, rings, earrings and other pieces worth $14,400.

Other burglaries:

• A person reported Thursday that three empty rental properties in the 1200 and 1300 blocks of Berea Road had been broken sometime during the previous two weeks, and copper wiring and piping had been stolen. The estimated loss was $6,000.

Ballard Drive resident reports theft

A resident in the 500 block of Ballard Drive told police Sunday that a computer and TV were stolen from his home that evening. He identified a visitor to the home as a suspect, according to the RPD. The missing items, worth a total of $500, are a Dell laptop computer with dual core processor and an unknown brand 32-inch HDTV.

Other thefts:

• A complainant told police Saturday that a Stihl hedge trimmer, worth $350, had been stolen from the bed of his truck.

•A resident in the 200 block of St. George Street reported Friday that a Hi-Point 9mm pistol, worth $160, had been stolen from his parked vehicle during the night. There were no signs of forced entry, according to the RPD.

• An employee of the University Tire Center, North Porter Drive, reported Thursday that his Kel-Tec .380 caliber pistol, worth $200, had been stolen from the office during the daytime hours.

• An employee of Baptist Health in Richmond reported Wednesday that her 2001 Honda Elite scooter, 49cc, was stolen that morning from the parking lot. The scooter is worth $500.        

• A complainant reported Sept. 11 that his black HTC Inspire cell phone in a red case had been stolen from his vehicle while it was parked during the early afternoon behind Jimmy John’s on East Main Street.

Anyone with information regarding the above listed cases is asked to call the Richmond Police Department at 623-1162.

Sarah Hogsed can be reached at shogsed@richmondregister.com or 624-6694.