Pulaski Bank robber charged

According to a Richmond Heights police report, Pawel Rynkiewicz, 36, of Olivette, robbed the Pulaski Bank (6510 Clayton Road) at gunpoint on February 29, 2016. He was charged with the felony in St. Louis County on July 6, 2017. Rynkiewicz was previously charged June 2 with two felony counts of first degree robbery in Creve Coeur, where he implied he had a gun, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

RH police: coffee with residents, DWI enforcement, softball report

The Richmond Heights Police Department held a ‘Coffee with a Cop’ at Stonecrest at Clayton View on Thursday, and reported on Facebook it was a great success. The department also reports that June 30 through July 4 is the Fourth of July DWI Enforcement. Also on the department’s Facebook feed, a report of the team’s recent softball game:
The Richmond Heights Pounders took the field Monday night in the opening round of the softball playoffs. The Pounders crushed their first round opponent 20 something to very few. It was a beautiful hitting display by the Pounders and prompted an immediate double header game against the rascally top seeded Logan Chiropractic team.

AB Green fire: Chief says arson is likely

Richmond Heights firefighters doused a fire in the second floor of the AB Green building Monday around 6 p.m., which Richmond Heights Fire Chief Steve Carman said was probably arson. He said there is no electric or gas to the building, so those options are out. He said the fire seemed to have started around an old book case. He said it looked like someone might have piled a bunch of stuff together to start the fire. The building is being demolished in preparation for a multi-story apartment building development.

Helicopter drone stolen, pawned, sold on eBay

Brett J. Stubblefield II, 28, of Fulton, MO, was charged with stealing a Mavic Pro helicopter drone valued at $1,000 at the Apple Store in the Galleria on April 10, according to court and police records. The theft was captured on surveillance video and Stubblefield was identified from the video He confessed to stealing the drone and then pawning it in St. Charles. He later claimed the drone out of pawn and sold it on eBay.

Richmond Heights police investigating pellet gun shots

On May 21 at about 7:30 p.m., Richmond Heights Police offers responded to a report of shots fired at Andy’s Frozen Custard, 1604 South Hanley Road, the department reported on Facebook. Police reported there were five to six shots that likely came from a pellet or ‘air soft’ style gun. The shots damaged two windows in the front of the business. One person suffered a minor injury to a leg that did not require medical treatment. The shots apparently came from a moving vehicle on Hanley Road.

Richmond Heights officers rescue dog hit on highway

Richmond Heights Police officers Amy Loftus and Jeremy Matlock on Tuesday responded to Inerstate-64 for a dog hit by a car, according to the department’s Facebook page. Several lanes were closed while the officers, with the help of a citizen, put the dog in a police car and took him to a nearby animal protective facility where he is being treated for scrapes and a hip injury. The latest report is that ‘Duke’ is doing very well. Officer Matlock is Richmond Heights’ newest officer. He was sworn in at a city council meeting in February.

Man steals video surveillance system, woman breaks sprinkler head at police department

A man was charged with having heroin and another with stealing a video surveillance system — identified from surveillance video, according to court and police records. Nathanial Garrett Babcock, 28, of Florissant, was charged with possession of a controlled substance. Richmond Heights police responded to a call of an intoxicated person on November 25, 2016, at South Hanley Road and Dale Avenue. The officer pat-down revealed a bulge in Babcock’s pants that the officer recognized to be a spoon and syringe. Babcock admitted he had a syringe in his pants.

Schnucks customer tells on thief — results in arrest

Michael Lee Hurst, 49, of St. Louis, was caught in the parking lot of the Richmond Heights Schnucks with four bottles of tequila he hadn’t paid for, and was subsequently charged with stealing, according to court and police records. On March 25, Hurst selected the bottles and hid them in his clothing. A customer saw him do this and told a store employee. By this time Hurst had walked past all points of sale without paying; he was apprehended outside the store and the stolen property was retrieved.

Richmond Heights Police officers promoted

According to the city of Richmond Heights, Police Major Doug Schaeffler was promoted to chief of police on April 10 after serving as interim chief. Roy Wright retired as chief in December. Schaeffler promoted Captain Craig Mueller to major/ assistant chief on April 12, and  Detective Sergeant Gerry Rohr to captain on April 14. The department will begin the process of filling the vacancies left by the promotions. Richmond Heights first responders promoted, hired

Game report: Richmond Heights detective has ‘trout net’ for a softball glove

The Richmond Heights Police Department softball team (The Pounders) fell to 2-0 recently. A report of the 13-11 game on the department Facebook page features two team standouts. Last Monday, the Richmond Heights Pounders softball team lost 13 to 11 falling to 0-2 on the season. A star player was found in Officer Amy Loftus as the new mainstay at the hot corner. Detective Anthony Hayden homered for the 2nd straight game and demonstrated an outfield glove that can only be compared to a giant trout net.

Richmond Heights firefighters climb 40 floors for American Lung Association

On Saturday, a few Richmond Heights firefighters took part in the American Lung Association Fight for Air Climb, they reported on Facebook. The firefighters completed the climb consisting of 40 floors while wearing all of their PPE (personal protective equipment), including breathing air from SCBAs (self-contained breathing apparatus). As a team, they raised $535 for the American Lung Association to help those with breathing complications.

Man found dead of self-inflicted gunshot was suspect in shooting

A Richmond Heights resident reported there was an apparent crime scene on Woodland Drive between Dale and I-64/40 Tuesday morning. “I just drove by and there was a ton of crime scene tape up, police cars and at least five black unmarked cars. I saw some crime scene unit person taking pictures of the inside of a van.” Inside the vehicle was Michael Hutson, 51, of Imperial,  dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Hutson was a police ‘person of interest’ in the shooting of Kathleen, Hutson, 50, of St.