The Richmond Register

April 15, 2013

Man charged with impersonating officer, refusing to pay tab at strip club

Register staff report

RICHMOND — A Richmond man received a felony charge Thursday night after he refused to pay his tab at the Manhattan Club, stating “he was a police officer and did not have to pay,” according to Richmond police.

John D. Edwards, 50, of Lexington Road was charged with impersonating a police officer and theft of services.

An officer was sent to the club on East Water Street after receiving a report about a customer who was refusing to pay for services, according to an RPD report.

Club employees told the officer that Edwards owed $70 on his tab and had refused to pay. He told the employees that as a police officer, he did not have to pay, the report stated.

Edwards repeated the assertion that he was a police officer to the RPD officer. He was asked for credentials, and Edwards showed the officer an ID card from the Federal Medical Center in Lexington that indicated he was an electrical worker supervisor at the facility, the RPD reported.

The Federal Medical Center is operated by the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.

Edwards became disorderly and was arrested, the report stated. He was taken to the Madison County Detention Center.

West Main Street home burglarized

A resident in the 1100 block of West Main Street reported Sunday that her home had been burglarized some time during the previous five days. There were no signs of forced entry, according to the RPD.

Missing items included a 4 GB black Xbox gaming console, one wired controller, a Kinect and two Kinect games (Disney Dance and Arcade).

Estimated loss is $410.

Machine stolen from Ramsey Rentals

The property manager for Ramsey Rentals, 535 Mahaffey Drive, reported Wednesday that a REM Laundry Supply coin change machine, model MCM100, had been stolen from the laundry room of the complex some time during the previous day.

The machine is worth $2,500.

Other thefts:

• A complainant reported that her black and pink Pantech cell phone, worth $300, had been stolen while she was at a party in the 300 block of Lancaster Avenue the previous evening.

• A complainant reported Saturday that her wallet and a silver Nook tablet in a pink leather case had been stolen from a relative’s vehicle while it was parked in the 1200 block of Miller Drive.

The black, trifold wallet contained a debit card and several personal identification documents. Estimated loss is $300.                                        

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