The final suspect in a pair of burglaries, dating as far back as almost one year ago, has been arrested.

Stephon Farris, 20, Valley Street, surrendered to the Richmond Police Department on March 4 and was charged with first-degree and second-degree burglary.

At 11:15 p.m. on March, 26, 2010, police were alerted to suspicious behavior in the 500 block of Baker Court.

Upon arrival, officers found two shotguns leaning against a privacy fence at the rear end of the apartment. While investigating, officers discovered an apartment had been burglarized.

During their investigation, officers located a vehicle in the 200 block of Broaddus Avenue and recovered a Samsung 40-inch LCD television, two Xbox 360 gaming systems, a Dell laptop computer, a Playstation gaming system, a Nintendo Wii gaming system, a backpack and a gym bag, all of which had been stolen from the burglarized apartment.

Officers returning to the scene of the crime recovered a Compaq laptop computer, a Playstation 3 gaming system and a box of shotgun shells.

At the time, Bakari D. Ellington, 20, was taken into custody and charged with first-degree complicity to commit burglary.

Farris and Stewart M. Ballew, 19, later were identified as being the other two suspects involved and arrest warrants were obtained for both, charging them with first-degree burglary.

Ballew was arrested on April 11, 2010.

On Aug. 8, 2010, at approximately 4:16 a.m., officers were dispatched to an apartment in the 500 block of Hampton Way to investigate a reported burglary in progress.

Officers discovered that the rear door had been forced open and the suspects were inside the apartment.

The suspects fled the scene and managed to elude police. Officers located a nearby vehicle that was linked to the suspects involved in the burglary.

Upon further investigation, arrest warrants were issued for Edwin Herring, 20, Bellwood Place, for second-degree burglary and Kimberly Gordon, 20, for second-degree complicity to burglary.

Gordon was arrested on Sept. 13, 2010, and Herring on Oct. 27, 2010.

Farris was the last of the three suspects to be taken into custody.

Other crimes

• A resident in the 100 block of Crescent Hill Drive reported Wednesday that their residence had been broken into and the following items were stolen: A Sanyo 26-inch LCD television; a cedar jewelry chest, approximately 48 inches high by 18 inches deep by 18 inches to 24 inches wide with blue antique ceramic knobs; 10 assorted watches; a pair of white gold earrings with ruby stones; a white gold charm bracelet with 50 charms; a matching set of aquamarine earrings and necklace; two Sherwin Williams white gold service pendants with diamonds and a blue stone; two pairs of jade earrings; three white gold chains, 18 to 22 inches in length; five white gold bangle bracelets; a multi-colored parrot pin; a silver chameleon pin; a silver turquoise oval ring; 30 to 40 costume jewelry necklaces; 20 to 30 costume jewelry sets of earrings; and five to 10 costume jewelry bracelets. Estimated cost of items is $2,951.

• Dana E. Moore, 32, Calico Road, Berea, was arrested on Thursday for robbery in connection with a shoplifting incident at Liquor Mart II on Sylvia Drive. Upon arrival at the establishment, officers found Moore being restrained by two employees, who reported to police that they had witnessed Moore concealing two bottles on his person and attempting to leave the premised without paying. When employees attempted to detain Moore, he reportedly pushed, attempted to strike and spat on them. One of the employees suffered a minor injury to his hand during the scuffle. Moore was charged with second-degree robbery and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was lodged in the Madison County Detention Center.

• On Wednesday, a resident in the 100 block of E. Locust Street reported that a Taurus .22 caliber revolver, blue with rosewood grips, had been stolen from their residence some time during the past two weeks. Estimated cost of the item is $200.

Anyone with information related to the above crimes should contact the Richmond Police Department at 859-623-1162.  

Tim Mandell can be reached at or 623-1669 ext. 6696.

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