Richmond police on Thursday charged Melissa Potter, 30, of Bruin Trace Road, connection with a theft of $4,000 worth of collectibles from Dargavell’s Towing on Big Hill Avenue that was reported earlier that day.
The towing service owner reported a large number of Case XX knives, Zippo lighters and pocket watches had been stolen from the business during the past four days, according to a Richmond Police Department news release.
Potter was identified as a suspect after investigators determined she had been in possession of several of the stolen items shortly after the theft had been discovered, the release stated.
She was interviewed at the police station and then charged with theft by unlawful taking over $500. Potter was taken to the Madison County Detention Center from which she was released the next day, according to the jail’s online records.
• A resident of the 400 block of Elm Street reported his home had been broken into between the previous evening and the early morning, and a number of items had been stolen. There were no signs of forced entry into the residence.
Reported stolen were: a green and white Kawasaki65cc dirt bike, an unknown brand corded circular saw, an unknown brand cordless circular saw, a corded Skil drill, an unknown brand cordless reciprocating saw, a Campbell Hausfeld air compressor/nail gun combo, a Sylvania portable DVD player and an Xbox 360 gaming system. Estimated loss: $1,534.
• A resident in the 900 block of Villa Drive reported his apartment had been broken into that day and two items were stolen. Entry to the residence had been gained by forcing open the front door. Reported stolen were: a Stihl gas-powered pole saw, model HT-131 and a red Shindaiwa gas-powered 24” hedge trimmer. Estimated loss: $1,100.
• A woman reported her black iPhone 4 in a white and pink Speck protective case was stolen from an unknown location. Estimated loss: $500.
• A man reported several items had been stolen from the bed of his pickup truck while he was doing yard work in the 300 block of High Street during the afternoon hours. Reported missing was a Stihl gas weed trimmer, an orange Echo 18-inch chainsaw, model ES300 and a Stihl 18 to 20-inch chainsaw. Estimated loss: $1,029.