The Richmond Register

February 19, 2013

Three Richmond businesses report burglaries

Register staff report

RICHMOND — Three Richmond businesses reported being broken into Saturday, and in all three cases, entry was gained by breaking out the glass on the stores’ doors.

A representative of Madison Flower Shop, 400 East Main St., reported to police that the business had been burglarized that morning and an undisclosed amount of cash was taken. Entry was gained by breaking the front-door glass, according to the RPD.

The second business to report a burglary was Concord Cleaners, 525 Eastern Bypass. A representative told police the store had been broken into between 6 p.m. the previous night and 4 a.m. Entry was gained by breaking the glass on the sliding door of the drive-thru area, according to the RPD.

A small amount of loose change was reported stolen.

The third business was Air Economics on West Irvine Street. The complainant told police the business had been broken into during the past 24 hours and five blank company checks were stolen.

Entry was gained by breaking the front-door glass.

Man arrested on parole-violation warrant

A Berea man who was released from jail last year after serving just a fraction of his felony sentences was arrested Friday on a parole-violation warrant.

Derick F. Damrell, 20, of Mount Vernon Road, was convicted Oct. 14, 2011, in Madison County for two counts of theft by unlawful taking (auto) and first-degree wanton endangerment. He was sentenced to five years in prison.

When Damrell was 19, he stole a 2004 Ford Mustang, which he admitted to when pleading guilty as part of his plea deal.

Damrell also was convicted of stealing a 2007 Suzuki in October 2010, two months prior to the Mustang’s theft.

In November 2011, Damrell was convicted in Rockcastle County of theft by unlawful taking, and he was sentenced to 18 months in prison to run concurrent with the Madison County sentence.    

Damrell was paroled June 1, according to the Richmond Police Department.

A parole-violation warrant was issued Jan. 23, alleging that Damrell violated several conditions of his release.

Richmond police officers found Damrell on Friday on Gibson Bay Drive, and he was arrested without incident. Damrell also was served with a bench warrant for failure to appear in a shoplifting case.

Waitress charged with credit card fraud

A waitress at a Richmond restaurant was charged with several counts of forgery and fraudulent use of a credit card when her supervisors discovered she was adding extra charges and larger tips to customers’ bills, according to Richmond Police Chief Larry Brock.

Autumn N. Lewis, 23, of Norwood Drive, was charged Thursday and taken to the Madison County Detention Center. She is facing four counts of forgery and four counts of fraudulent use of a credit card.

The name of the restaurant that employed Lewis was not disclosed in the RPD news release.

Managers from the restaurant contacted police Thursday morning and told officers that Lewis “had used the credit cards of four customers to place unauthorized charges, either by increasing the tip or adding another tab to the card,” according to Brock.

The fraudulent charges totaled $111.41, and the managers have credited the unauthorized charges back to the victims. Five more transactions are under investigation.

The managers said they confronted Lewis, and she left the restaurant. The officers found Lewis at her home a short time later and took her into custody without incident, according to Brock.

Summit Street home broken into

A resident in the 200 block of Summit Street reported Friday that his home had been broken into during the morning hours, and a Samsung 47-inch LED television and a Hewlett Packard desktop touchscreen computer were stolen.

Entry was gained by forcing open the front door. The estimated loss is $1,050.

iPad stolen from doctor’s waiting room

A complainant reported Friday that her 16GB iPad was stolen while she was at a doctor’s appointment in the 300 block of Radio Park Drive the previous afternoon. She had accidentally left the iPad, worth $500, in the waiting room, according to the RPD. When she realized her mistake, she called the doctor’s office but the staff was unable to find the iPad.

Other thefts:

• A complainant reported Sunday that her white iPhone 4, worth $300, was stolen while she attended a party on Ty Court during the early morning hours.

• A resident in the 200 block of Keystone Drive reported Thursday that a JVC CD player had been stolen from his unlocked vehicle, along with the car’s battery, sometimes during the prior week. The estimated loss was $200.

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