A Detroit man was charged with several drug offenses Thursday after Richmond police received a complaint about drug use at Care Free Suites.

Deonte M. Long, 19, was charged with two counts of trafficking in a controlled substance (heroin and oxycodone), trafficking in marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Officers were sent at 4:50 p.m. to the hotel on Colby Taylor Drive, according to an RPD report. The officers went to the room they received the complaint about and reported encountering Long.

The officers said they detected an odor of marijuana emanating from the room, and during a search found 14.4 grams of heroin, 386 oxycodone pills, 15 bags of marijuana weighting a total of about 38 grams, a set of digital scales and drug packaging and use materials.

Officers found $1,802 in cash in Long’s possession, the report also stated.

Long was taken to the detention center where he remained Monday evening.

RPD: Man uses brother’s identity, gets arrested on brother’s warrant

Police charged Elton Gillam, 26, Union Grove, N.C., with identity theft after he falsely identified himself Friday as another in an attempt to avoid arrest.

An officer stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation on East Main Street, according to an RPD report.  Gillam was a passenger in the vehicle, and the officer reported he gave the name, date of birth and Social Security number of his brother in an attempt to avoid arrest on a Pennsylvania warrant.   However, a flagrant nonsupport warrant existed for his brother from Boone County, and Gilliam was lodged in the Madison County Detention Center on the charge. Gillam later admitted his true identity to MCDC personnel.

Police then charged Gillam with identity theft.

Police charge two men in connection with cigarette theft

Two men were charged Friday evening after an officer saw one of them grab some cartons of cigarettes from a gas station store and flee in a vehicle with no license plate, according to an RPD report.

An officer in the area of Redi Mart, 2032 Irvine Road, reported seeing a man running from the store carrying several cartons of cigarettes. The man entered a waiting vehicle and sped from the scene.

The officer followed the vehicle onto the Robert R. Martin Bypass and, joined by other police units, conducted a traffic stop.

Jeremy Yeager, the passenger, was later determined to be the person who took four cartons of cigarettes from Redi Mart without paying, according to the RPD report. The officers reported finding the cigarettes in the back seat of the vehicle along with its license plate.

A search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of nine syringes, two spoons and a small amount of synthetic marijuana, the report stated. Police also reported finding a Suboxone strip in Jeremy Yeager’s possession.

At the jail, more synthetic marijuana was found hidden in his groin area, the report stated.

Jeremy Yeager was charged with theft by unlawful taking (under $500), second-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of synthetic cannabinoid agonist, second-degree promoting contraband and tampering with physical evidence.

The driver of the vehicle, Shayne C. Yeager, 35, of Lexington, was charged with criminal facilitation of theft by unlawful taking (under $500).

Police make arrest in East Irvine Street home burglary

Police charged Kenneth W. Woodrum, 45, East Irvine Street, on Sunday in connection with a burglary that occurred several days earlier.

A resident in the 500 block of East Irvine Street reported Jan. 7 that he went out of town Jan. 5 to take care of a personal matter. On Jan. 6, he was contacted by a local vendor who told him it appeared that his residence had been burglarized.  

The resident then contacted his father who confirmed that the home had been unlawfully entered and several items were stolen. Reported missing were: a Samsung 50-inch plasma television; an Apex 20-inch television; an Apex 32-inch television; two Eureka vacuum cleaners; an Xbox gaming system; and two red totes containing assorted clothing.

Woodrum was identified Sunday as a possible suspect, according to the RPD report. The investigating officer made contact with Woodrum at his residence and reported recovering one of the Apex televisions and the two vacuum cleaners.

Woodrum was taken into custody and charged with second-degree burglary.

A warrant also was served on Woodrum charging him with first-degree forgery in connection with an incident that occurred in March 2012.

A complainant reported March 5 that in December 2011, Woodrum asked him to assist with cashing a postal money order for $995 at the complainant’s bank. The complainant thought the money order was legitimate and agreed to co-sign the document so that Woodrum could cash it.  

Afterward, it was learned that the money order was fraudulent, and the complainant had $995 drawn from his bank account because he co-signed the document, the RPD reported

A warrant was issued for Woodrum’s arrest March 12 in connection with that offense.

Woodrum was taken to the detention center where he remained Monday evening.

Man charged with receiving tools stolen from store’s van

Police arrested James M. Abshear Jr., 26, Race Street, on Sunday in connection with a theft that occurred in December 2013.

On Dec. 28, a representative of Aaron’s Electric, Big Hill Avenue, reported that one of the company’s vans had been broken into during the night and a number of tools were stolen. Entry was gained by breaking a rear window. Reported missing were: a Bosch rotary hammer drill in a blue case; a Dewalt reciprocating saw; three cordless Dewalt 18-volt drills; two Dewalt batteries with charger; a Dewalt impact drill; and a box of Lenox hole saw attachments. Estimated loss is $2,018.

An investigation identified Abshear as a suspect in the theft after it was learned he had been in possession of the stolen items shortly after the theft and had transferred the property to another party, the RPD report stated.

A warrant was issued Thursday for Abshear’s arrest charging him with receiving stolen property (under  $10,000) and theft by deception (under $500).

He was taken to the detention center where he remained Monday evening.


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