Register Staff Report
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.
Man charged with drug possession after car accident
Police charged Frank Ray, 31, North Madison Avenue, with a drug offense Friday following a traffic accident.
Officers responded at 1:45 p.m. to a report of a minor traffic collision at Tates Creek Road and South Keeneland Drive, according to the RPD report. The investigating officer reported that Ray was under the influence of an intoxicant and took him into custody on a charge of driving under the influence.
A subsequent check of Ray’s vehicle produced 11 methadone pills, the report stated.
Ray was charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance and taken to the Madison County Detention Center.
Theft and burglaries
• The owner of Tsing Tao restaurant, 300 W. Main St., reported that the business had been unlawfully entered during the night and an undisclosed amount of cash was stolen. The point of entry was not determined.
• A complainant reported Thursday that her guitar had been stolen from the Lancaster Road Church of God sometime between Dec. 3 and Dec. 4. The stolen item was described as a white, Epiphone Thunderbird Classic IV Pro electric bass guitar. Estimated loss is $500.
Anyone with information about these cases is asked to call the Richmond Police Department at 623-1162.