Joshua A. Richards
A North Platte man was charged twice this week for stealing from a family member who lived in the same house. Troubles for Joshua Richards, 25, began at 12:32 a.m. Tuesday, when an officer went to the 3100 block of Ioke St. to check out a reported theft.
The alleged victim said that they suspected a family member, Richards, of stealing a laptop computer from their bedroom. The victim told police that Joshua said the laptop was at one of his friend’s. The victim contacted the friend, who said they didn’t have the laptop and hadn’t seen Richards in more than a year, according to the police report.
An officer contacted Joshua the next day, Wednesday, and determined there was probable cause to cite him for misdemeanor theft of an item valued at less than $200.
But police investigator John Deal said later Wednesday evening, at 10:49 p.m., an officer went to the house again after another theft was reported. The same victim said they had to go to work but was worried that Joshua would steal more items, so the victim hid their jewelry inside a suitcase in their bedroom.
When the victim returned from work, the suitcase was gone. Another family member said they saw Joshua leave home with a suitcase, Deal said.
Officers found Richards driving in the 2000 block of East Phillip. His vehicle was stopped and the officer determined he was driving under the influence of drugs. Richards voluntarily handed over drug paraphernalia from the car, so the police had probable cause to search the rest of the car.
Deal said some of the stolen jewelry was recovered. It was determined that the value of the stolen property was more than $500, so Richards was charged with felony theft as well as driving under the influence of drugs. He was booked into jail early Thursday morning. His bond is set at $10,000.