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December 28, 2011

Richmond police catch two in copper theft

Richmond Crimes

RICHMOND — A man inside an air conditioning unit was caught Monday by Richmond police, along with an accomplice seated outside the unit, according to Police Chief Larry Brock.

Dustin W. Lynch, 26, North Street and Coby G. Chasteen, 29, Lambert Road of Berea, were arrested Monday and charged with attempted theft by unlawful taking, first-degree criminal mischief, second-degree criminal trespassing and possession of burglary tools.

Police were dispatched to the Richmond Flea Market building, 1618 Northgate Dr., to investigate a report of copper being stolen from the building’s air conditioning units.

“Officers discovered a male suspect inside one of the air conditioning units while another male was seated next to the unit,” Brock said. “Officers found the inside of the unit had been severely damaged.”

Police recovered a metal cutter, an electric screw driver and a hammer from inside the unit. The damaged unit was valued at $30,000.

Both were taken into custody and lodged in the Madison County Detention Center.

Chasteen is being held on a $3,500 bond and Lynch is being held on a $500 bond, according to detention center personnel.

In other arrests:

• Kyle Sharp, 21, Millstone Drive, was arrested Monday and charged with receiving stolen property and second-degree criminal trespassing.

Sharp was arrested in connection with a theft reported earlier this month, according to Brock.

A resident in the 100 block of Millstone Drive reported Dec. 13 that numerous items of jewelry had been stolen from her residence during the past several months. The jewelry included numerous rings, necklaces, earrings and bracelets valued at $3,125.

Sharp was identified as a suspect in the thefts and it was determined he had been in possession of a number of the items stolen from the Millstone residence. Sharp had transferred the items to a third party, police say.

The investigating officer obtained a warrant Dec. 20 for Sharp’s arrest, charging him for receiving stolen property under $10,000.

Police were notified Monday that Sharp was in the Walmart parking lot after having previously been banned from the property. Officers took Sharp into custody without incident.

• Gary O. Mullins, 28, Charlie Abney Road of Berea was arrested Dec. 22 in connection with a March theft.

An employee of Perkins Refinishing, 309 E. Main Street, reported March 7 a set of left-handed TaylorMade golf clubs in a navy blue and gray golf bag were stolen from his parked and unlocked vehicle during the past 24 hours. Police estimated the loss as being $600.

It later was determined Mullins had been in possession of the stolen golf clubs and had transferred them to another party four days after the theft.

On March 17, the investigating officer obtained a summons for Mullins to appear in court, charging him for receiving stolen property over $500 and theft by deception.

Mullins’ summons was served Dec. 22 at the Madison County Detention Center where he was incarcerated on unrelated theft and burglary charges.

• Matthew Lowery, 23, of Kentucky River Road, was arrested Dec. 22 in connection with passing counterfeit bills in March.

Employees of Redi Mart, 2200 Lexington Road, reported March 5 that Lowery had prepaid for gas with a counterfeit $20 bill. When the employees attempted to discuss the matter with Lowery, he abruptly left the premises after pumping the gas.

The investigating officer obtained an arrest warrant for Lowery on March 23, charging him with second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and theft of services.

Lowery surrendered himself at the Richmond Police Department on Dec. 22 and was taken to the Madison County Detention Center.

In other crimes:

• A representative of Emmons & Puckett law offices reported Dec. 22 that an antique tobacco cutter and a 10-foot aluminum ladder had been stolen from the rear deck of the office building during the past month. The estimated loss is $100.

• A resident of an apartment in the 200 block of McDaniel Avenue reported Sunday that his residence had been unlawfully entered during the past day and someone had stolen his Hewlett Packard All-in-One personal computer. The estimated loss is $1,318.

• A complainant reported Saturday that her vehicle had been broken into while it was parked overnight behind the Paddy Wagon, E. Main Street. Her purse was stolen, according to police. Entry was gained by breaking the front driver’s side door window.

The black Coach purse contained a matching black Coach wallet, credit cards, personal checks and personal identification documents. The estimated loss is $600.  

• A resident of Dixie Plaza Mobile Home Park reported Saturday that a moped had been stolen from outside of his residence between midnight and 3 p.m. The stolen item was described as an orange and white Metropolitan moped, 49cc engine, with a trunk on the back that has Harley Davidson stickers attached. The front fender also is broken and held on with zip ties. The estimated loss is $1,500, according to police.

• A representative of Walmart reported Friday that a counterfeit $100 bill had been passed at the store by an unknown person on the previous date. The fake bill bore the serial No. FB67422559C.

• A resident of an apartment in the 1600 block of Foxhaven Drive reported Friday that his vehicle had been unlawfully entered overnight and two items were stolen. There were no signs of forced entry, Brock said. The following items were reported missing: a Rockford Fosgate subwoofer, model P1125S4, serial No. 2044900-21 and a brown University of Kentucky wallet. The estimated loss is $163.

• A resident of an apartment in the 300 block of Edwards Avenue reported Friday that his residence had been unlawfully entered during the afternoon to early evening and two items were stolen. Entry was gained by forcing open the rear door, police say. The following items were reported missing: a black Sanyo 42-inch television, model DP42840, and a black Prada wallet containing credit cards, personal checks, $20 cash and personal identification documents. The estimated loss is $621.

• A complainant reported Friday that an apartment he had been remodeling in the 100 block of Manna Drive had been broken into during the past day and a number of tools were stolen. Entry was made by breaking a window.

The following items were reported missing: a white Chicago Sawzall; a green Hitachi circular saw; a black Craftsman electric drill; a black bag of loose tools; a black nail apron; and a bottle of prescription medication. The estimated loss is $606.

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

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