A Berea woman was arrested Friday evening and charged with second-degree robbery and resisting arrest following an alleged shoplifting incident at Richmond Centre.

Betty S. Speaks, 58, is accused of shoplifting from both Hastings and Belk at the shopping center, said Larry Brock, Richmond police chief.

Officers were dispatched to Hastings after receiving a report of a shoplifter who had fled the store, Brock said. While police were investigating, a Belk employee summoned the officers to assist with a shoplifting suspect who was attempting to flee.

Belk employees had attempted to detain Speaks, Brock said, and Speaks scratched an employee several times, causing bleeding.

Speaks also resisted attempts by the officers to detain her, Brock said, but was taken into custody.

Officers later determined that Speaks had dressed herself in a shirt and jeans from Belk and attempted to leave the store, Brock said. Speaks also was identified as the person who caused the disturbance at Hastings.

Speaks was lodged in the Madison County Detention Center following her arrest.

Burglary arrest

One man was arrested Saturday following an investigation into vandalism and a burglary at a home on Brandy Lane.

The residents of an apartment in the 1000 block of Brandy Lane reported Saturday that someone had entered the front window of the home overnight, cut and damaged a bed and couch and stole a 27-inch Sony television, a lamp and other items.

An investigation identified Valeriy Pavlovich, 18, of Autumnwood Drive as a suspect, Brock said, and he was interviewed at the Richmond Police Department.

Following the interview, Pavlovich was arrested and charged with second-degree burglary and lodged in the Madison County Detention Center. None of the missing items have been recovered, Brock said.

Other crimes

• More than $6,500 in jewelry was reported stolen Saturday from a home under renovation in the 200 block of Rookwood Court.

Reported missing were: an antique 18-inch yellow gold chain; a yellow gold rope chain, 32 to 34 inches long; a 2-inch yellow gold pendant; a 21-inch yellow gold rope chain; an 8-inch yellow gold link bracelet; an 8-inch yellow gold rope bracelet; an 8-inch yellow gold nugget bracelet; a set of imitation pearl earrings; a set of 1-carat diamond stud earrings; and a half-carat diamond earring set.

• A DeWalt miter saw valued at $600 was reported stolen Saturday from a storage shed at a home in the 200 block of S. Madison Avenue. The saw had been taken during February.

• A Canon digital camera, a second digital camera and $100 in change were reported stolen Saturday from a home in the 100 block of Spurlin Mobile Home Park. A rear door was used to enter the home overnight.

• Two Hitachi pneumatic nailers valued at $800 were reported stolen Thursday from the roof of a home in the 700 block of Amanda Court.

Roofers working on the home reported the nailers were taken between 4 and 5 p.m. after being left on the roof of the home during a lunch break.

Witnesses reported seeing two white males in a Chevrolet S-10 pickup arrive at the home, and one of the men climbed onto the roof and took the nailers, Brock said.

• Several items were reported stolen Thursday after they had been taken April 2 from a vehicle parked overnight at the U.S. Bank on E. Main Street.

Reported stolen were an Olympus digital camera, an Apple iPod Touch and a bag of tanning products. The items were valued at $700.

• A Best Western motel guest reported Thursday that a purse, makeup kit, perfume and assorted cosmetics had been stolen from her vehicle. The items were valued at $417, and police found no signs of forced entry.

• Three nailers and an air compressor were reported stolen Thursday from a work truck parked outside an apartment under renovation at Saddlebrook Apartments on Big Hill Avenue. The tools were valued at $1,190.

• A small fireproof safe containing a 14-karat white gold ladies’ ring with one-carat and a 3/4-carat diamonds, an Acer laptop computer and $100 in cash were reported stolen from an apartment in the 700 block of Marietha Drive on April 5. The items were valued at more than $10,000.

Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to call the Richmond Police Department at 623-1162 or 623-8911.

Brian Smith may be reached at bsmith@richmondregister.com or at 624-6694. For breaking news, follow Brian at www.twitter.com/RR_BSmith.

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