The Richmond Register

June 3, 2013

Three arrested Friday, Saturday on felony theft, other charges


Register Staff Report

RICHMOND — On Saturday, Richmond police arrested Julisa J. Crum, 22, of Ivel in Floyd County, on theft and drug charges after Walmart employees said she attempt to leave the store with more than $1,500 in merchandise without paying.

At approximately 3:30 p.m. an officer was dispatched to Walmart to investigate a shoplifting complaint, according to a Richmond police news release.

Employees informed the officer that in addition to attempting to leave the store without paying, Crum was observed discarding a tourniquet, a spoon, syringes and other drug paraphernalia in a trash can.

After being taken to the Madison County Detention Center, two promethazine tablets were discovered in Crum’s wallet, according to the police report.

She was charged with: felony theft by unlawful taking (over $500), tampering with physical evidence, illegal possession of a legend drug and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Two charged in repeat shoplifting case

Two people from Irvine were arrested on theft and other charges Friday at Walmart after another alleged shoplifting incident.

Officers were dispatched to Walmart at 7:32 p.m. to investigate a shoplifting case. Upon arrival, an officer was told that an employee who was observing Misty D. Melton, 19, believed she was attempting to leave without paying for what turned out to be $387 in merchandise.

A man later identified as Jeffrey D. Harrison, 31, appeared to be waiting for Melton in a parked vehicle, police were told.

Melton then passed all points of sale and attempted to leave the store without paying for the merchandise and was detained by the officer, according to the police report.

As this was occurring, another officer made contact with Harrison in the parking lot.

Asked for identification, Harrison attempted to pass himself off as another person by supplying a different name and personal documents, the police report stated.

After they determined his true identity, police found that two warrants existed for his arrest. One was a Jefferson County bench warrant for failure to appear, and the other was from the Kentucky Department of Corrections issued after his mistaken release.

Police also determined that Melton and Harrison had earlier shoplifted $653 worth of merchandise from Walmart and gotten away before employees could detain them, the report stated.

Both were charged with felony theft by unlawful taking (over $500) in connection with that case.

Melton was charged with misdemeanor theft by unlawful taking (under $500) in connection with the Friday incident.

In addition to the two warrants served, Harrison was charged with: identity theft, operating a vehicle on a suspended license, excessive window tinting, no registration plates and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Burglary arrest

Police arrested Dustin A. Rose, 25, of Four Mile Road on Friday in connection with an October burglary.

On Oct. 20, a complainant reported that his Spring Street work garage had been broken into and a number of items, worth a total of nearly $2,000, were stolen. Entry was gained by breaking out one of the wooden garage door panels. Reported missing were:  several auto parts, a spot welder, a paint gun, assorted cans of auto body paint and filler, assorted cans of auto prep and cleaners and miscellaneous auto body repair items.

In addition, the perpetrator caused approximately $3000 in damage to a Ford Mustang in the building.

On Nov. 19, the spot welder and auto parts were recovered from Rose, according to the police report.

On May 16, a warrant was issued for Rose’s arrest, charging him with third-degree burglary and first-degree criminal mischief.

On Friday, an officer stopped a vehicle driven by Rose on West Main Street because its license plate was expired. He was taken into custody on the strength of the warrant and lodged in the detention center.

Anyone with information about these cases is asked to contact the Richmond Police Department at 623-1162.