Police: one arrested, one wanted for Shockoe Slip thefts

James Hyams
James Hyams

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – There's some good news if you go to Shockoe Slip restaurants and bars. Richmond Police have brought charges against two men they said could be responsible for multiple wallet and credit card thefts NBC12 told you about last month. One is behind bars tonight, the other on the run.

It was pretty easy for anybody to understand Brittany Akers' aggravation when she told us how an October Saturday night in Shockoe Slip had been ruined by a thief's sticky fingers.

"I had tons of fun," she said. "I had a great time until I figured out the next morning that somebody had jacked my wallet, my money, my life out of my purse."

That alleged crook's spree with Akers' credit card came to an end Saturday night, oddly at the same place it started; thanks to the watchful eye of an employee at Europa.

"This gentleman used this credit card several times," explained Lt. John Beazley. "Luckily the bartender noticed it, was able to get our attention and we were able to detain him and arrest him."

Demetri Jennings is now facing charges including credit card fraud and felony petit larceny.

In another incident down the street at Cha-Chas, police said a different offender took a woman's wallet from her purse and they know who did it.

James Hyams is wanted for grand larceny in that case and police want to question him in another robbery, as well. But, it looks like he's on the run.

Lt. Beazley said these are examples of how a close working relationship between restaurants and the department pays off.

"Once we started looking for him, we started to see a little bit of a decline and then with this arrest we hope to see it stop," he told NBC12.

Detectives believe Hyams might have fled to New York. If you have any information that can help, call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

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