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December 24, 2012

RPD: Man charged with felony theft after taking iPhone

RICHMOND — A man who made off with another person’s iPhone after he asked to make a call with it was charged Saturday with felony theft, according to Richmond police.

Curtis M. Sparks, 27, of Burton Lane, was charged with theft by unlawful taking (over $500) and theft by deception.

A complainant reported Oct. 27 that he’d allowed Sparks to make a phone call on his iPhone 4S while at Pally’s Beer and Liquor on Water Street, and Sparks had fled without returning the phone.

Police were able to determine that Sparks transferred the phone to a third party for $75 shortly after the theft was reported, according to an RPD news release. A warrant was then obtained for Sparks’ arrest.

Sparks was found Saturday on Keystone Drive and taken into custody without incident. The phone was recovered and held as evidence.

Thefts reported in Richmond

A resident in the 200 block of Kalone Drive reported Saturday that a black utility trailer, worth $1,000, had been stolen from the street in front of his residence during the early morning. The tailer had a wood floor with a gate on the back, a lift crank and a Harley-Davidson tag on the back.

• A patron of Walmart reported Friday that the tailgate from her red Ford F-150 pickup truck had been stolen while she was inside the store during the early evening. Two people were seen removing the tailgate, according to the RPD. The first suspect is a white male, about 6 feet tall wearing a ball cap and a gray hoodie. The second person was a short, heavy-set white female with brown hair and wearing a pink hoodie with UK on the front.

The couple fled the scene in a small, black extended-cab pickup truck.

Estimated loss was $600.

• A resident of an apartment in the 400 block of Garden City Drive reported Thursday that several tools, worth $1,850, were stolen from the bed of his pickup truck during the previous days. Items reported missing were a Porter Cable circular saw, a Dewalt double compound miter saw, two black and gray 16-gauge nail guns, a bright red Porter Cable air compressor, a black and gray 18-gauge nail gun and a Porter Cable micro finish nail gun.  All but the air compressor and the compound saw were in black carrying cases.

• A complainant reported Friday that a black Jennings .22 caliber pistol was stolen from the console of this truck while it was parked at the Snooty Fox Salon on Jason Drive for a few minutes during the late morning. The vehicle was unlocked at the time, according to the RPD.

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