The Richmond Register

October 24, 2013

Police agencies make arrests in connection with thefts

Register Staff Report

RICHMOND — Richmond police charged Bobby Samples, 26, Richmond, on Monday in connection with a stolen pickup truck and vehicle parts.

The owner of Auto Medic on Estill Avenue reported Oct. 16 that all four wheels were stolen off a Chevrolet 1500 pickup on his lot during the night. The wheels were described as after-market rims that looked like a star. Two custom headlights also were stolen. 

The truck’s grill and tailgate were damaged during the theft. Estimated damage is $1,000, and the estimated cost of the headlights, wheels and tires is $1,300.

A resident in 300 block of Mount Rushmore Drive reported Oct. 17 that a black 1999 Chevrolet Silverado pickup, with a cowl induction hood, was stolen during the night. The victim said the truck was in excellent condition with a new coat of black paint, chrome wheels and chrome mirrors.  The truck is worth $7,000.

Kentucky State Police recovered the stolen truck Saturday at a residence on Bowman Road in Berea and arrested the resident, Kayla Young, 22, on a charge of receiving stolen property (under $10,000).   Several parts had been removed from the truck, according to the RPD report.

Berea police detained Samples on Monday after learning that he was attempting to sell several auto parts that had been removed from the recovered pickup, according to the RPD.

Samples was transported to RPD along with the stolen parts. The investigating officer reported that Samples was in possession of 15 various parts (chrome door handles, chrome grill, side mirrors, light covers, etc.) that had been removed from the stolen pickup. 

In addition, he was in possession of the two headlights that had been stolen from the vehicle at Auto Medic on Oct. 16, according to the RPD.

Samples was charged with receiving stolen property (under $10,000) and receiving stolen property (under $500).

Woman charged after rental car disappears from hotel

Police charged Marie Stepp, 35, Irvine, on Tuesday with several offenses while investigating a stolen vehicle report.

A guest at the Relax Inn, Northgate Drive, reported Sunday that his Enterprise rental car, a black 2013 Toyota Yaris, had been stolen from the parking lot overnight. The car is worth $16,000.

Tuesday morning, an RPD patrol officer spotted the stolen vehicle in the parking lot of A&F Shell on Northgate Drive. The vehicle was unoccupied, according to the RPD report.

As the patrol officer was waiting on detectives to arrive, he was informed that there was a woman inside a guest room at the nearby Super 7 hotel. The room was not rented and was not supposed to be occupied. 

When officers went to investigate, they discovered the woman to be Stepp. A subsequent search of the room produced a syringe containing morphine and a morphine capsule, according to the report. 

A search of a Stepp’s vehicle outside of the room produced three tramadol pills and 18 various prescription pills, the report stated. 

Stepp was subsequently identified as the person who had parked the stolen Yaris at the Shell station. 

She was taken into custody and charged with receiving stolen property (over $10,000), first- and third-degree possession of a controlled substance, illegal possession of a legend drug and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Thefts & burglaries


• A resident in the 200 block of Martin Drive reported that a Craftsman aluminum ladder with a stabilizer had been stolen from the rear of his truck during the morning. Estimated loss: $70.

• A visitor to a residence on Lancaster Court reported that he had set up his Bose Sound Dock for an iPod outside of the apartment during the morning and left it unattended for a short period. When he returned, the dock was gone. Estimated loss: $300.

• A patron of the Relax Inn, Northgate Drive, reported that his vehicle had been broken into during the night and a Galaxy 33HP2 CB (citizen’s band) radio with an Astatic microphone was stolen. Entry was gained by manipulating a door lock. Estimated loss: $400.

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