Conway police say three highway grates were stolen Tuesday from Double A Services Inc., located in the 1200 block of East Dave Ward Drive.
Officers made contact with the company’s superintendent around 12:22 p.m.
The superintendent said a former employee of Rogers Group Inc. was believed to have stolen the grates. An employee from Double A Services claimed to have witnessed the theft, police said.
The employee said he saw a black male in an older model, gray Jeep Cherokee, loading the grates into the vehicle. The employee said he was alarmed, because the moving of grates is usually done using company vehicles.
The employee attempted to make contact with the man, but was unable.
The superintendent said he was alerted by his employee of the theft, and immediately decided to drive to a nearby scrap yard where he claims to have seen the Jeep Cherokee leaving as he pulled in. The superintendent learned while at the scrap yard that the grates were sold by the former Rogers Group employee.
Both the superintendent and his employee told police they did not know the Rogers Group employee. A Rogers Group spokesperson said in an e-mail that Double A Services is a subcontractor of Rogers Group, supplying services for the Interstate 40 project.
The spokesperson also stated that the former employee had been terminated the day before the theft for "policy violations."
Police went to the scrap yard, where a worker told officers that the superintendent could retrieve the grates at anytime. The worker also informed police that the former Rogers Group employee had previously sold many items, and were in the process of forming a list of those items.
The Double A Services superintendent told police the company had several items go missing in the past, and now believed the former Rogers Group employee may have been involved.
(CORRECTION: A previous version of this article stated that the alleged thief was a current employee of Rogers Group as stated in the police report. However, a company spokesperson says the employee had been terminated the day before the theft. A previous version also said Double A Services and Rogers Group were affiliated. However, the same Rogers Group spokesperson says Double A Services is a subcontractor of Rogers Group, supplying services for the Interstate 40 project.)