Jesse James Valdez, Richmond, was arrested and charged with first-degree burglary and possession of marijuana on Nov. 22.

According to a citation, late in the evening on Nov. 21, a Richmond Police officer responded to a burglary in progress at Steak 'n Shake. Dispatch told to the officer that a witness stated Valdez was inside the restaurant. The witness also advised Valdez -- an ex-employee of Steak 'n Shake -- stole from the restaurant repeatedly.

The witness reported Valdez was leaving the scene in a dark blue Chevrolet Traverse. Officers initiated a traffic stop and Valdez pulled into the parking lot of Cookout. Valdez was then identified as the driver of the Traverse.

Valdez waived his rights after the arresting officer read them to him and agreed to answer the officers questions. He told officers he entered the Steak n' Shake through the back door and took money out of the safe, as he knew the combination.

An officer located several bags of cash totalling $2,850.75 in the back seat of the car. Valdez told the officer he kept a handgun in the center console of the car and that he had a THC vape pen in his pocket.

Valdez was transported to the Richmond Police Department for questioning.

According to the citation, Valdez admitted to breaking into the Steak 'n Shake three or four times in the past with the intent to steal. He gave the police consent to search his residence, where they located several bundles of cash in Valdez's bedroom.

Valdez was then transported to and lodged in the Madison County Detention Center.

Other arrests include:

•Daniel Hale, Berea, was arrested and charged with fourth-degree assault and third-degree terroristic threatening on Nov. 19.

•Ashley Cain, Richmond, was arrested and charged with trafficking in carfentanil or fentanyl derivatives on Nov. 19.

•Ryan L. Arnold, Richmond, was arrested and charged with fourth-degree assault on Nov. 20.

The Register collects and publishes police reports as a public service to its readers. The reports often contain allegations against individuals and do not mean the individuals committed a crime. All people named in connection with a crime are presumed innocent until guilty in a court of law.

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