The Richmond Register

November 13, 2013

Police: Villa Drive apartment fire suspected to be arson


Register Staff Report

RICHMOND — A fire last week at a Richmond apartment complex may have been arson, according to a Richmond Police report.

Police were sent at 11:42 p.m. Friday to an apartment building in the 900 block of Villa Drive in response to a report of smoke coming from one of the units. 

Officers saw smoke coming from the apartment, and after not receiving a response at the door of the unit, evacuated the other apartments in the structure.

Richmond firefighters forcibly entered the apartment and extinguished the fire. The apartment’s occupant was not home at the time, according to the RPD report.

Investigators found that several separate small fires were started in the apartment, leading them to suspect that the cause was arson, the report stated.

No one was injured in the fire and the investigation is continuing.

Woman charged with theft of leased items

Police charged Deborah Stamper, 52, Jacks Creek Road, on Saturday in connection with the misappropriation of property.

A representative of Lease Zone, Big Hill Avenue, reported Friday that Stamper had rented several items from the business in August 2013 and had become delinquent in the payments. The representative reported that he had contacted Stamper to have the items returned, but she failed to do so.

The investigating officer contacted Stamper at the Madison County Detention Center where she was incarcerated on unrelated charges and suggested that she have the items returned immediately, the RPD reported.

The items still had not been returned Saturday to the store. The items included a Vizio 60-inch LED television; a Samsung 40-inch LED television; a Sony PlayStation 32; and a Hewlett Packard laptop computer. The items were valued at $701.63.

The investigating officer charged Stamper on Saturday with theft by failure to make disposition of property (under $10,000).

Arrest made in 2012 forgery

Police charged Edgar N. Rhodus, 37, Paint Lick, on Saturday in connection with a forgery that occurred in 2012.

A complainant reported Oct. 19, 2012, that some time earlier that month, Rhodus stole a blank personal check from her checkbook and passed the check at a Paint Lick store for $100. The stolen and forged check was from an account that the victim had previously closed. 

A warrant was issued Nov. 9, 2012, for the arrest of Rhodus, charging him with second-degree degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.

Rhodus was found Saturday at Richmond Centre and taken into custody without incident, according to the RPD. He also was served with a warrant from Lincoln County charging him with harassing communications and two bench warrants from Madison District Court for nonpayment of fines. Rhodus was lodged in the detention center.

Stolen iPhone returned to owner

Police charged Joseph Lynch, 43, Vescio Street, on Sunday in connection with the theft of a cellular telephone in October.

A resident in the 100 block of Vescio Street reported Oct. 19 that her iPhone 4 had been stolen some time during the past several days. Lynch was identified at the time as a possible suspect, according to the RPD.

Police later determined that Lynch had been in possession of the stolen phone and transferred it to another party prior to the victim realizing the phone was missing, the RPD report stated. The phone was recovered and returned to the rightful owner.

A warrant was issued for Lynch’s arrest Oct. 31 charging him with theft by unlawful taking (over $500) and theft by deception (under $500).

Lynch was found Sunday morning on Vescio Drive and taken to the detention center.

Police make DUI, drug possession arrest

Police charged Robert B. McIntosh,  52, Ravenna, on Sunday with drug offenses following his arrest on a charge of driving under the influence of an intoxicant.

An officer reported observing a vehicle being operated in an erratic fashion by McIntosh on Lexington Road at 8 p.m. The vehicle continued onto north Interstate 75 where the officer stopped the vehicle and determined that McIntosh was under the influence of an intoxicant and took him into custody, according to the RPD report.

A subsequent search of McIntosh’s person produced four oxycodone pills and four phentermine pills, the arresting officer reported.

In addition to the DUI, McIntosh was charged with first- and third-degree possession of a controlled substance.

Thefts/burglaries

Saturday

• A resident in the 300 block of Moberly Avenue reported that a set of golf clubs had been stolen from his front porch sometime during the previous two days. The stolen items included a set of Ping Eye2 irons, a King Cobra driver with a black and gold head cover, and a blue UK leather golf bag.  Estimated loss: $360.

Friday

• A patron of Best Western Inn, 100 Eastern Bypass, reported that a Galaxy 40-channel CB radio, model 949, had been stolen from his semi-tractor trailer while it was parked during the night. Entry was gained by breaking the passenger side door window. Estimated loss: $400.

• A resident in the 100 block of Whispering Woods Drive reported that her home had been unlawfully entered during the mid-day and numerous items of jewelry were stolen. There were no signs of forced entry, and it is suspected a rear door was left unsecured.

A white Lexus SUV was observed near the residence at the time of the theft and is considered suspect.  Estimated loss: $6,135.

• A resident in the 100 block of Shamrock Drive reported that his unsecured apartment had been unlawfully entered during the early morning hours and a number of items were stolen. The missing items were described as follows:  a Blackberry smart phone; a white Samsung Galaxy cell phone; and a Toshiba laptop computer. Estimated loss: $2,400.

Thursday

• A complainant reported that numerous items of her property had been stolen while she was out of the country between May 7 and Aug. 10. The victim reported that an associate was supposed to pay her rent while she was gone but failed to do so, resulting in all of her property being removed from her apartment on South Second Street by the property manager and placed in storage. Upon recovering her property from storage, the victim found the following items were missing: a queen-size mattress, box springs, and bed rails; a wood and metal dining room table; a leather fold-out couch; a wooden end table; an unknown brand computer chair on rollers; an Arabic settee; a Sony laptop computer; a lamp; and a photo album. Estimated loss: $2,175.

• A representative of Richmond Montessori School, Geri Lane, reported that the school had been broken into during the overnight hours and a Vizio 32-inch LCD television was stolen. Entry was gained by breaking a window. Estimated loss: $300.

• The owner of a rental duplex in the 700 block of Amber Hill Drive reported that one of the units had been broken into during the night and a stove and refrigerator were stolen. Entry was gained by breaking a front window. The stolen items were described as a Frigidaire electric range and a Frigidaire refrigerator. Estimated loss: $900.

Nov. 4

• A representative of Pizza Hut, 360 Eastern Bypass, reported that the business had been broken into during the night and an undisclosed amount of cash was stolen. Entry was gained by breaking a side door glass. A black SUV, possibly an older model Dodge Durango, was seen in the area near the time of the break-in.

• A resident of an apartment in the 500 block of Mahaffey Drive reported that the tailgate had been stolen from his black, 2008 Chevrolet Silverado while it was parked in the parking lot some time during the previous day. Estimated los: $700.

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

Sarah Hogsed can be reached at shogsed@richmondregister.com or 624-6694.