The Richmond Register


March 14, 2014

Man faces multiple forged, stolen check charges

RICHMOND — A Lexington Road man was charged Wednesday with forgery and passing stolen checks.

Brian K. Johnson, 33, Lexington Road, was charged in his most recent case with 15 counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, second-degree forgery, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, tampering with physical evidence and receiving stolen property (under $500).

A representative of the Relax Inn, Northgate Drive, reported Feb. 28 that Johnson had passed two checks to the hotel during the previous week, according to an RPD report.

Each check was written for $250 and drawn on the closed account of another party. It was then learned that the checks had been stolen and the account holder’s signature had been forged, the report stated.

A warrant was issued Tuesday for Johnson’s arrest charging him with two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, theft by deception (under $10,000), and two counts of receiving stolen property (under $500).

Officers arrested Johnson 1 p.m. Tuesday as he was attempting to cash another stolen check (from a different account holder than above) in the amount of $500 at US Bank, 200 E. Main S., according to the report. The officers reported that Johnson had cashed at least 15 stolen and forged checks totaling $3,095 on this account holder.

Prior to police taking Johnson into custody, he ingested four oxycodone pills that were in his possession in an attempt to avoid being charged with being in unlawful possession of the drugs, according to the RPD. He was taken to Baptist Health Richmond and medically cleared before being lodged in the Madison County Detention Center.

A bench warrant from the Jackson Circuit Court also was served on Johnson for failure to appear in connection with an indictment charging him with four counts of theft by deception under $10,000.

Man charged with burglary

Police have arrested a man who is accused of squatting in a vacant apartment on Sizemore Drive.

Damien Lebourhis, 18, Turpin Drive, was charged with third-degree burglary.

A representative of Robertson Rentals reported Dec. 20 that he arrived at one of the company’s apartments in the 700 block of Sizemore Drive to show it to a prospective tenant.

Upon entering the residence, the complainant encountered a man, later identified as Lebourhis, sleeping on the floor in a bedroom, the report stated. Lebourhis woke up and left the apartment through a window, presumably the same way he gained entry to the apartment, the police report stated.

The complainant noted that there were two new holes in the bedroom walls. Police were told the apartment had been vacant for about one month, but the utilities remained on. The thermostat was turned up to approximately 90 degrees. 

A backpack containing personal items belonging to Lebourhis was found in the apartment, the report added.

A warrant was issued Jan. 14 for the arrest of Lebourhis, charging him with burglary.

Lebourhis was found Friday on North Third Street and taken into custody without incident, the report stated. He was lodged in the Madison County Detention Center.

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