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August 3, 2012

Hotel housekeeper charged with theft

RICHMOND — A Country Hearth Inn housekeeper was arrested and charged with theft Tuesday after a guest reported a missing wallet.

Brent A. Oliver, 21, of Kaye Street in Berea, is being charged with theft by unlawful taking more than $500 after an interview with Richmond police.

Officers were dispatched to the County Hearth Inn Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. to investigate a theft.  

“Upon arrival, officers met with a guest who reported that one of the housekeeping employees had stolen his wallet while cleaning the room,” said Richmond Police Chief Larry Brock. “The wallet contained $945 in cash, debit cards and personal identification documents.”

Oliver was identified as one of the housekeeping employees that was in the room at the time of the theft, he said.

Officers later found the wallet in a trash can outside the building with all of its contents intact, Brock said.

Following an interview, Oliver was charged with theft by unlawful taking (over $500) and lodged in the Madison County Detention Center. As of Thursday, he remained jailed on a $500 cash bond.

Other crime reports:

• A resident in the 300 block of Overland Drive reported Wednesday that a Ruger .22-caliber pistol with a box of ammunition had been stolen overnight from his unlocked vehicle, according to police. Estimated loss is $262.

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

• A purple Huffy Stone Mountain 16-inch bicycle, 18-speed, serial No. #KY6290224011M0657, was found at Cracker Barrel and reported to Richmond police. The owner should call the department at 623-1162 to claim the bike.

Berea police seize cash,13 grams of marijuana

Officers from the Berea Police Department along with along with deputies from the Madison County Sheriff’s Department executed a search warrant in the 200 block of Water Street in Berea.

The search warrant was the result of an investigation conducted by drug officers from both agencies.

Officers seized $590 cash and 13 grams of marijuana, along with scales and rolling papers. They arrested 49-year-old William Rothermel of Berea charging him with possession of marijuana and first-degree trafficking in marijuana.

Ronica Shannon can be reached at or 624-6608.

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