The Richmond Register

August 19, 2013

Second shoplifting suspect is arrested

By Seth Littrell
Register Staff Report

RICHMOND — On Saturday, Richmond police charged a second person in connection with two shoplifting incidents at Walmart.

On July 31, Walmart employees reported that a woman, later identified as Rebecca Jones, 45, of Lexington Road, and a male accomplice had concealed merchandise valued at nearly $1,160 in bags and exited the store without making any efforts to pay for the items. Both escaped the scene before police arrived.

However, a description of the suspect vehicle was given to the officers, according to a Richmond police news release.

Then on Aug. 10, Walmart employees reported the same suspects had returned to the store and left with an estimated $588 in merchandise without making any effort to pay.  

At about 2 a.m. on Aug. 13, a patrol officer observed the suspect vehicle on Lexington Road and conducted a traffic stop. A male occupant, later identified as Bryan Jones, 23, fled on foot from the vehicle, but Rebecca Jones was detained. After an interview at the police station, she was charged with two counts of theft by unlawful taking (Over $500), lodged in the detention center and released two days later, the jail’s online records indicate.

Officers were unable to find Bryan Jones but located him Saturday in the 500 block of Ballard Drive and took him into custody without incident, the police report stated.

He was charged with two counts of theft by unlawful taking (Over $500) as well as second-degree fleeing or evading police. In addition, he was served with a Lincoln County warrant charging him with contempt of court and a Garrard County charging with fourth-degree assault and terroristic threatening.

Bryan Jones was taken to the detention center where he remained Monday evening, according to the jail’s online records,

Stolen car recovered from scrap yard

Also on Saturday, Richmond police arrested Timothy J. Burns, 37, Rice Lane, in connection with a theft and a parole violation.

On July 7, police were dispatched to Richmond Scrap Iron, 1209 Berea Road, to investigate the discovery of a stolen vehicle, according to a Richmond Police Department news release.

Officers met with the victim who reported that Burns had stolen the vehicle two days earlier from a South Killarney Lane residence after taking the keys from the apartment of a mutual friend. 

Soon afterward, Burns sold the vehicle to the scrap yard, where the victim found it and notified police, the report stated. The vehicle was returned to the owner, and a warrant was issued July 10 for Burns’ arrest, charging him with theft by unlawful taking (Over $500) and theft by deception (Under $500).

During their investigation, police learned that Burns was already wanted for a parole violation. He was convicted in November 2011 of trafficking in a controlled substance, sentenced to two and a half years in prison and was paroled in March, the news release stated.

Police located Burns on Kim Kent Drive and took him into custody without incident, the release stated. He was lodged in the Madison County Detention Center, where he remained Monday evening, according to the jail’s online records.

Stolen ladder found at recycling business

On Wednesday, police charged Anthony Cornelison, 47, East Walnut Street, in connection with the theft of a ladder.

At about 10:57 a.m., a resident in the 100 block of East Walnut Street reported that a 20-foot extendable aluminum ladder, valued at $400, had been stolen from his back porch sometime during the past two weeks. The victim told police he had located the ladder at Wesley’s Recycling on Four Mile Avenue. 

An officer recovered the ladder from the recycling business and returned it to the owner. After police determined that Cornelison had sold the ladder to Wesley’s, he was cited on charges of receiving stolen property (Under $500) and theft by deception (Under $500) and released.

Drug charge filed after medical emergency

On Thursday, police charged Pernell Evans, 49, Bellevue Drive, with three drug offenses after responding to a medical emergency.

At about 9:26 a.m., officers were dispatched to Evans’ residence after an unresponsive male was reported at that location. Officers found Evans unresponsive with shallow breathing, the police report stated. Evans was transported to Baptist Health-Richmond by Madison County EMS for treatment.

Officers recovered approximately two grams of suspected methamphetamine and four suboxone strips from his person, according to the police report.

Because he was hospitalized, Evans was cited but not taken into custody on charges of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance as well as first- and second-degree possession of a controlled substance.

Assault arrest

Gregory M. Gross, 53, McDaniel Drive, was arrested Saturday in connection with an assault that occurred Aug. 4, according to a police report.

At about 3:08 a.m. Aug. 4, officers were dispatched to a McDaniel Drive residence to investigate an assault report. The officers were met by a female victim who told them that Gross, her boyfriend’s father, had assaulted her with a hammer and threatened her. The victim was suffering from a minor laceration above an eye, the report stated.

A warrant was issued for Gross, and he located at his residence Saturday and taken into custody without incident and lodged in the detention center, the report stated. He remained in jail Monday evening, according to the detention center’s online records.