Three people were charged Monday after a shoplifting incident at Walmart.

Melvin Newton, 36, and James M. Brown, 46, both of Beattyville, and Sheena N. Terry, 21, of Jackson, were all charged with receiving stolen property under $10,000.

Officers were sent to Walmart at 5:15 p.m. to investigate a shoplifting complaint involving three suspects. The officers detained Newton, Brown and Terry when they arrived at the store, according to the report.

Store employees told police Newton and Terry concealed merchandise on themselves and left, or attempted to leave, without paying for the items.

Police searched the suspects’ vehicle and found $493 in stolen Walmart merchandise and $273 in stolen Dollar General items, according to the report.

After the three were taken into custody, the officers reported that Newton, in an attempt to destroy evidence, had eaten several Valium pills, and he was transported to Baptist Health Richmond for treatment, the report stated.

The officers also reported he became irate and combative due to his intoxication.

Brown also attempted to dispose of three Valium pills that police recovered, according to the report.

In addition to the felony receiving stolen property charges, other charges included:

• Newton: Theft by unlawful taking (under $500), tampering with physical evidence, second-degree disorderly conduct and public intoxication

• Brown: Tampering with physical evidence and third-degree possession of a controlled substance

• Terry: Third-degree burglary (she had previously been banned  from Walmart properties)

Woman charged with identity theft

Richmond police arrested a woman Monday on a charge of identity theft after she allegedly used someone else’s name and birth date to avoid arrest on a warrant.

Teresa L. Abee, 44, no permanent address, was a passenger in a car stopped by police at 9:42 p.m. When the officer asked Abee to identify herself, she gave the name and birth date of an acquaintance, the RPD report stated.

The officer was able to determine Abee’s true identity and found there was an outstanding bench warrant for her arrest from Madison District Court, according to the report.

Abee was charged with theft of identity and giving an officer a false name or address, and she was taken to the Madison County Detention Center.

Thefts & burglaries


• A resident in the 200 block of Edgewood Drive reported that a silver Apple MacBook Pro laptop computer was stolen from his residence between March 7 and March 8. No value was listed for the laptop.


• An employee of Richmond Utilities reported a CGI gas reader was stolen from one of the company’s trucks while it was parked in the 100 block of South Killarney Lane over the weekend. There were no signs of forced entry into the vehicle. Estimated loss: $700.    

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


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