The Richmond Register

July 16, 2013

Woman charged in connection with theft of collectibles worth $4,000

By Seth Littrell
Register News Writer

RICHMOND — Richmond police on Thursday charged Melissa Potter, 30, of Bruin Trace Road, connection with a theft of $4,000 worth of collectibles from Dargavell’s Towing on Big Hill Avenue that was reported earlier that day.

The towing service owner reported a large number of Case XX knives, Zippo lighters and pocket watches had been stolen from the business during the past four days, according to a Richmond Police Department news release.

Potter was identified as a suspect after investigators determined she had been in possession of several of the stolen items shortly after the theft had been discovered, the release stated.

She was interviewed at the police station and then charged with theft by unlawful taking over $500. Potter was taken to the Madison County Detention Center from which she was released the next day, according to the jail’s online records.

Theft reports


• A resident of the 400 block of Elm Street reported his home had been broken into between the previous evening and the early morning, and a number of items had been stolen. There were no signs of forced entry into the residence.

Reported stolen were: a green and white Kawasaki65cc dirt bike, an unknown brand corded circular saw, an unknown brand cordless circular saw, a corded Skil drill, an unknown brand cordless reciprocating saw, a Campbell Hausfeld air compressor/nail gun combo, a Sylvania portable DVD player and an Xbox 360 gaming system. Estimated loss: $1,534.

• A resident in the 900 block of Villa Drive reported his apartment had been broken into that day and two items were stolen. Entry to the residence had been gained by forcing open the front door. Reported stolen were: a Stihl gas-powered pole saw, model HT-131 and a red Shindaiwa gas-powered 24” hedge trimmer. Estimated loss: $1,100.

• A woman reported her black iPhone 4 in a white and pink Speck protective case was stolen from an unknown location. Estimated loss: $500.

• A man reported several items had been stolen from the bed of his pickup truck while he was doing yard work in the 300 block of High Street during the afternoon hours. Reported missing was a Stihl gas weed trimmer, an orange Echo 18-inch chainsaw, model ES300 and a Stihl 18 to 20-inch chainsaw. Estimated loss: $1,029.


• A man reported four fishing rod combos had been stolen from the bed of his truck sometime during the previous five days. Estimated loss: $150.

• A resident in the 400 block of Norwood Drive reported several items of baseball gear were stolen from the trunk of his vehicle during the overnight hours. There were no signs of forced entry.

Reported stolen were: a black-and-white Worth bat bag, a brown leather Nokona left-handed baseball glove, a white Nike 32-inch baseball bat, model MC2, a 31-inch wooden Louisville Slugger baseball bat, a red uniform belt, several hats from various little league teams, numerous baseballs, a pair of black and white Mizuno metal baseball cleats, a maroon Rawlings baseball helmet, a left-handed, brown leather Wilson glove, mode; A1K and a black tri-fold wallet. Estimated loss: $688.


• A resident in the 100 block of Chris Drive reported an acquaintance unlawfully entered his home early in the morning on July 9. After the acquaintance left, the resident discovered a Fossil watch, several DVDs, two Xbox games and an e-Machine laptop missing. Estimated loss: $650.

• The owner of Silver Cliff Landscaping reported two pieces of lawn equipment were stolen from a company trailer while employees were working at the Outback Steakhouse in the afternoon. Reported missing was a Stihl leaf blower and a Stihl weed trimmer. Estimated loss: $500.

July 10

• A complainant reported he was painting an apartment in the 200 block of McDaniel Avenue when a man entered and asked to use the bathroom. After the man left the complainant discovered his wallet and a black Verizon cell phone had been stolen. Estimated loss: $396.

July 9

• A resident of the 2000 block of Ty Lane reported a black iPad had been stolen from her vehicle while it was parked overnight. There were no signs of forced entry. Estimated loss: $400.

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