The Richmond Register

October 30, 2012

Police charge man hiding in closet with making meth

By Sarah Hogsed
Register News Writer

RICHMOND — A Richmond man was charged Friday with manufacturing methamphetamine after police say he was found hiding in the closet of an apartment where a one-step lab was found.

Vincent E. Curtis, 35, of Turpin Drive, also was charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Richmond officers investigated a complaint Friday about meth being made at an apartment in the 500 block of Ballard Drive, according to a news release from Chief Larry Brock.

When the officers arrived at 2:30 a.m., they were allowed inside the apartment to investigate, the release stated.

Curtis was found hiding in a closet that also contained a small bag of suspected methamphetamine, according to the police chief. A small quantity of marijuana was found in the room as well, the release stated.

The officers reported finding several other plastic bags and foil containing small amounts of meth in the home, along with a one-step meth lab in a dresser.

“Several other items commonly used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine were found in the same dresser,” Brock said.

Curtis also was charged in connection with two thefts earlier this year, according to the release.

An employee of the Community and Family-Based Services office on South Killarney Lane told police July 12 that her cell phone, worth $600, had been stolen from her desk.

On Aug. 20, an employee of Redi Mart, 430 N. Second St., reported that a man had taken two cases of Bud Light beer from the store without paying.

In both these thefts, Curtis was identified as a suspect, Brock said.

Thousands in tools stolen from work sites

Tools and equipment worth nearly $20,000 were stolen from work sites in Richmond last week.

The first theft report came from the construction site of Grand Campus Communities at Barnes Mill Road and Lancaster Avenue, according to an RPD news release.

A representative of S&S Contractors reported Oct. 22 that a metal tool locker had been pried open some time during the weekend and tools worth $1,300 were stolen. They included a Dewalt 14.4-volt cordless impact gun in a case with a charger and two batteries and three Paslode framing nail guns, model F325Li, in orange cases. 

A representative of WG&T Construction reported that a tool storage trailer had been pried open at the same construction site and several items were stolen, including a Dewalt 18-volt charger; five Dewalt batteries; two Dewalt hammer drills; a Stihl 14-inch concrete saw, model TS400; two Bosch hammer drills with bits in a blue case; two Spectra Physics lasers in yellow cases; a Porter Cable laser; and a Hitachi sawzall. 

The tools stolen from WG&T Construction were worth $6,050.

In the second work-site theft, a representative of The Briden Company Inc., roofing contractors told police Friday that a blue adhesive industrial sprayer and a 100-foot hose and hand sprayer, worth $12,000, had been stolen from outside Blue Grass Plating, 100 Industry Road, during the night.

The company was doing roofing work at the factory, and the machine, which was mounted on wheels and weighed more than 300 pounds, had been chained to a light post in the parking lot, the RPD release stated. The chain had been cut.

Thefts reported at churches

Two thefts were reported last week from local churches’ premises.

A complainant told police Thursday that his black Canon Vixia HF M41 camcorder worth $800 had been stolen form the Ashland Avenue Baptist Church, Foxhaven Drive, sometime during the previous week.

In the second incident, the pastor of Abundant Life Ministries, Irvine Road, reported Friday that the catalytic converter had been cut and removed from a church van. The estimated loss was $300.

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 or 624-6694.