The Richmond Register

July 23, 2013

Thieves strike Hallmark store, steal $500 in candles

Register Staff Report

RICHMOND — Richmond police are looking for several people who were involved in the theft of $500-worth of Yankee Candles from the Hallmark store last week.

An officer responded July 14 to Hallmark in Richmond Centre to investigate a shoplifting complaint.  The officer learned that a man, a woman and a child entered the store and went immediately to the candle display area.  

Shortly thereafter, an employee heard what she believed to be something falling in the candle display area. When she started to investigate, the man approached her and distracted her to another area for a brief period of time.  

The man then returned to the candle area and all three of the suspects exited the store and left the scene in an awaiting full-size, green SUV.

The employee went to the candle area and discovered that 18 Yankee Candles had been taken.  Each candle was approximately the size of a quart jar.

One suspect is a tall, very heavy black man in his mid-30s wearing baggy blue jeans, a large white T-shirt and a ball cap. The other adult is a heavy-set white woman with dark, shoulder-length hair and wearing a dress and carrying a large purse.

The two were accompanied by a heavy-set black child, approximately 12 years old, and the driver of the green SUV was identified only as a black woman.     


RPD seeks two suspects wanted for assault

Richmond police are seeking two suspects involved in an assault in early July.

At 1:16 a.m. July 7, an officer was dispatched to Merrick Shell, 2048 Merrick Drive, to investigate a reported assault.  

Officers found an unconscious man on the ground suffering from a laceration to the back of his head.  It was determined that the victim exited Merrick Shell and became involved in a verbal altercation with two men in a nearby vehicle. One of the men exited the vehicle and began assaulting the victim before being joined by a second man in attacking the victim.

Eventually the victim was punched in the face and knocked unconscious, at which time the two suspects fled in the awaiting vehicle. The victim was taken to Baptist Health Richmond and received nine staples to close the laceration to the back of his head.

The suspects were described as two black men in their 20s, one wearing a Chicago Bulls jersey and the other wearing a shirt with Money Over Everything emblazoned on the front.

The driver of the vehicle was described as a white woman. It was reported that the two suspects were dropped off in the area of Dixie Plaza in the company of another person, who was described as a white man about 5 feet, six inches tall with a slender build. He is around 50 years old and is named Chuck. Photos of the suspects have been posted on the RPD Facebook site. Anyone with information concerning the identity of the two suspects or their accomplices is asked to contact the Criminal Investigations Section at RPD, 859-623-1162.

Bradley Drive man accused of stealing electrical wiring

Police arrested Frankie A. Cope, 26, Bradley Drive, on Thursday in connection with a theft that occurred in May 2013.  

A complainant reported May 21 that five rolls of electrical wiring were stolen from the toolbox of his truck while it was parked at Kroger during the mid-day hours. The stolen items included two 250-foot rolls of yellow 12/2 wiring; two 250-foot rolls of yellow 14/3 wiring; and one 250-foot roll of white 14/2 wiring.  A white male in a black vehicle was observed removing the items.  

Estimated loss was  $565.

The follow-up investigation identified Cope as the suspect in the theft, and a warrant was issued for his arrest June 11, charging him for theft by unlawful taking (over $500), according to the report.

Cope was arrested at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at a residence in the 900 block of Race Street and taken into custody without incident.                                

Two additional arrest warrants were also served on Cope. One was an indictment warrant from Garrard Circuit Court charging him with theft by unlawful taking (over $500), third-degree criminal mischief, and first-degree persistent felony offender.

The second was issued by Madison District Court on a charge of failure to appear.  

RPD arrest, charge woman with forgery and theft

Richmond police charged Lisa Harris, age 32, Gillespie Pike, Paint Lick, on Friday in connection with the forgery and passing of three stolen checks.

A resident in the 900 block of Race Street reported Friday that she had just learned from her bank that three checks from her personal account had been cashed at other locations and it appeared that the signatures on the checks were not that of the resident.  

It was subsequently determined that Harris filled out the forged checks and enlisted the aid of an unwitting party to cash the checks, according to the RPD report.  

The three checks totaled $1,535.

On the same date, Harris was found and interviewed at the police station after which she was charged for three counts of second-degree forgery, theft by deception (under $10,000), and two counts of theft by deception (under $500).  

Three bench warrants were also served on Harris at the time of her arrest. Two were from Madison District Court on charges of failure to appear and one from Madison Circuit Court on the charges of failure to appear and failure to pay child support.