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Crime

December 9, 2013

Lexington man charged with robbery at Super Save grocery store

RICHMOND — A Lexington man was charged with robbery Thursday after he attempted to take a $20 package of meat from a grocery store and then assaulted an employee, according to a Richmond Police Department report.

Jason A. Higgins, 39, was charged with second-degree robbery as a result of reportedly using or attempting to use physical force while committing a theft, the report stated.

An employee at Super Save, South Keeneland Drive, told police at 11 a.m. that Higgins had been seen concealing a package of meat inside his clothing and leaving the store without paying.

The employee said he stopped Higgins outside the store and had him return to the store to wait while police were summoned.

When the employee blocked the door, Higgins placed the worker in a “bear hug” and attempted to move him, the reported stated. The workers also said Higgins slapped the hand of another employee during the confrontation.

Two women charged with stealing $725 in Kohl’s merchandise

Police charged two women Friday after they were accused of taking more than $700 in merchandise from Kohl’s.

Wanda S. Melton, 46, and Misty D. Melton, 20, both of High Street, were charged with theft by unlawful taking (under $10,000) and second-degree criminal mischief.

Misty Melton also was charged with disorderly conduct, and Wanda Melton received a charge of possession of burglary tools.

Officer were summoned to Kohl’s at 6:15 p.m., and employees told them that the Meltons were seen concealing store items on them and in their purses, according to an RPD report.

The women were still in the building, and the officers escorted them to a store office where the items were recovered, the RPD said. The total value of the merchandise was $725.

The officer reported Wanda Melton was seen trying to discard a pair of wire cutters that many have been used to cut tags.

Misty Melton became loud and disorderly before being removed from the store, the officers reported.

Both women were taken to the Madison County Detention Center.

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