The Richmond Register

October 4, 2012

Man takes rent-to-own items, sells to third party


By Ronica Shannon
Senior News Writer

BEREA — Richmond police report that several local rent-to-own businesses were taken advantage of by a man who allegedly rented and illegally sold items from the stores.

Larry R. Dunaway, 34, was arrested Monday for reportedly selling items he had rented at Colorama, Rent-A-Center and Lease Zone.

A Colorama representative reported to Richmond police Sept. 29 that an employee had attempted to recover rented items from Dunaway's residence, but the items were not there, according to Richmond Police Chief Larry Brock.

It was reported that Dunaway had rented two Toshiba 50-inch LED televisions valued at $1,528 each and a brown bonded sofa valued at $1,247.  

It later was determined that Dunaway had rented an LG 60-inch plasma television, valued at $1,260 from Rent-A-Center and an LG 6-inch plasma television valued at $1,819 from the Lease Zone.

Dunaway was not able to account for any of the items, Brock said.

A follow-up investigation revealed that he had sold one of the Toshiba televisions from Colorama and the LG television from Rent-A-Center to a third party, Brock said.

The investigating officer later recovered the two televisions from the third party and returned them to the respective businesses. The remaining items were not located.

Dunaway was on monitored conditional release from the Madison County Detention Center at the time of the investigation, Brock said.

Madison County Home Incarceration coordinator Deputy Michelle Albertson was contacted and took Dunaway into custody for violating the conditions of his release.

He remains in the detention center with a $10,000 bond and is charged with five counts of theft by failure to make required disposition and two counts of theft by deception over $500.

Man violating DVO, woman with drugs in same residence

On Monday, police accompanied social services personnel to a residence in the 200 block of Hallie Irvine Street where charges were placed against the resident for a Domestic Violence Order (DVO) violation and a citation was given to an acquaintance.

Daniel L. Clemons, 37, no permanent address, was found hiding in an upstairs closet. He was arrested and charged with violating the DVO and first-degree criminal trespassing.

Officers and social service personnel arrived at the residence at about noon as a follow-up to a pervious domestic violence incident.

While inside the residence, police discovered three Skelaxin (muscle relaxer) pills and a metal spoon with suspected drug residue.

Susan Shelley, 34, was cited for illegal possession of a legend drug and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Clemons' DVO prohibited him from having any contact with Shelley or being within 500 feet of her.  In addition, a Richmond police officer already had warned Clemons Sept. 30 that he was not allowed to return to the property on Hallie Irvine Street.  

Clemons remains in the Madison County Detention Center on a $2,500 bond.

Other crimes:

• A resident in the 300 block of N. Madison Avenue reported Sept. 24 that a boy’s blue Huffy 20-inch bicycle with skull stickers on the frame was stolen from outside her residence during the evening of Sept. 20. The estimated loss is $100.

• A complainant reported to police Sept. 28 that he was assaulted and robbed during the morning hours.  

The victim reported that he and a friend went to Bailey’s Bar on S. Second Street on Sept. 27, and the two became separated at approximately 12:50 a.m., according to police.

“The victim had no recollection of what occurred after this other than had incurred injuries to his face and his wallet and cellular telephone were missing,” Brock said. “The victim suffered abrasions to his forehead, a swollen left eye and lacerations to his mouth.”

It later was determined that he had suffered a concussion, he said.

The stolen Docker’s wallet contained $90 in cash, credit cards and personal identification documents.  The stolen phone was described as an iPhone 4S, model No. A1387, in a black and white Jimmy Hendrix case. The estimated loss is $520.

• A resident in the 100 block of Chris Drive reported Monday that her residence had been broken into during the day and a number of items were stolen. Entry was gained by forcing open a side door, according to police.

The following items were reported missing: A Remington 20-gauge shotgun; a pouch of gold chains; a small silver Native American pin; miscellaneous jewelry; and a Black & Decker sander.  The estimated loss is $1,720.

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