The Richmond Register

May 3, 2013

Man arrested in theft from Richmond landscaping company


Register staff report

RICHMOND — Richmond police have arrested a man who is suspected of stealing a backpack blower while workers were landscaping property on the Eastern Bypass.

Lonnie R. Hatfield Jr., 28, of Maryland Drive was charged Wednesday with theft by unlawful taking (over $500).

The owner of JP Landscape reported April 5 that a Stihl backpack-style blower, worth $600, had been stolen while workers were at the AT&T store.

The driver of a maroon pickup truck was seen taking the blower from the curb and fleeing the scene, the RPD reported.

A follow-up investigation identified Hatfield as a suspect, and he was interviewed Wednesday at the police station, according to the RPD.

After he was arrested, an officer reported that Hatfield tried to dispose of a plastic bag containing 30 oxycodone pills by hiding it in the interview room.

Officers found the pills, and Hatfield also was charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and tampering with physical evidence.

TV stolen from home on Cimarron Road

A resident in the 700 block of Cimarron Road reported Wednesday that his home had been burglarized during the night. Entry was gained by forcing open the front door, according to the RPD.

An LG 32-inch television, worth $299, was stolen.

Also this week, a resident in the 200 block of Stratford Drive told police Tuesday that an unknown brand portable DVD player, worth $100, had been stolen from her unlocked vehicle during the night.

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

Sarah Hogsed can be reached at shogsed@richmondregister.com or 624-6694.