Richmond police arrested two Richmond men Wednesday in connection with recent break-ins at Richmond and Berea Dairy Queen restaurants.

Joshua W. Abney, 21, Irvine Road, and Curtis D. Collins, 29, Foxhaven Drive, were charged with third-degree burglary and are lodged in the Madison County Detention Center in lieu of $5,000 cash bonds.

The two were caught on surveillance videos provided by both restaurants, according to police.

Richmond police learned about Abney and Collins’ involvement based on information offered by the Madison County Sheriff’s Department.

Another suspect recently was being interviewed by a Madison County Sheriff’s detective about a non-related case, and eventually offered the names of the men reportedly involved with the Dairy Queen burglaries, said Col. Ed Robinson of the Madison County Sheriff’s Department.

“We contacted the Richmond Police Department and they were able to make the arrest,” Robinson said.

Abney already was being detained at the Madison County Detention Center on another charge, according to Richmond Police Chief Larry Brock.

Police obtained a search warrant for Collins’ residence where several pieces of evidence were found that were in correlation with the crime, according to a statement issued Friday by Sgt. Willard Reardon, public information officer for the Richmond Police Department.

“They found some clothing (that they were seen wearing on the surveillance videos) and some of the items that were taken from one of the burglaries,” Brock said.

Abney and Collins were tied to the Berea Dairy Queen break-in after an investigation by Sgt. Leanne Roberts and Lt. Danny Brewer of the Berea Police Department.

The Richmond restaurant closed at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, but when a store manager arrived at 5 a.m. the next day, there was evidence that the restaurant had been burglarized, according to a report released Wednesday by the Richmond Police Department.

There were no signs of forced entry, but the office had been ransacked, according to the report.

“They cut into the safe and got an undetermined amount of money,” Reardon said. “They used some kind of drilling device. You could see sparks flying (while they were drilling) from the surveillance tapes.”

The Berea Dairy Queen was burglarized Nov. 13 between 3 and 5 a.m. The restaurant’s safe showed evidence that someone had tried to gain entry, but failed, according to Capt. Ken Clark, public affairs officer for the Berea Police Department.

An undisclosed amount of money was taken, Clark said.

Both Abney and Collins are scheduled for a preliminary conference in Madison District Court at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3.

Ronica Shannon can be reached at or 623-1669, Ext. 234.

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