From Conway Police Department
The night people
Early Saturday morning, Aug. 7, the police got a series of calls about a man breaking windows in order to take things from businesses.
The first call was at 1:30 a.m., an alarm going off at the Fred’s on Oak Street. Officers got there, checked front and back and found the front door’s window had been broken out. Three officers entered the building, clearing it to make sure nobody was inside. Nobody was there. They went back outside and shortly afterward the business’s manager arrived.
Police were able to check security footage as the manager contacted corporate offices. On the film they saw a man about 6 feet tall wearing dark pants and a white shirt break through the window with a rock. As soon as the window was broken, the man ran inside the store straight to the cigarette aisle and “grabbed several packs of Newport Red cigarettes,” then ran out of the store. He was inside, the report stated, for about 20 seconds.
Pictures were taken of the damage and included in the report.
The next call came at 4:32 a.m. to the Valero on Harkrider Street. The reporting officer arrived and spoke with a manager there.
The officer was told that when employees got there for work they found the door to the business was “heavily damaged,” apparently as someone was using a wooden bench in an effort to break through the door. The bench was still by the door when the officer arrived.
The manager unlocked the front door and three officers went inside to make sure nobody unwanted was in the business. Nobody was found, and with that the manager arranged for the officers to see the security camera footage. They did, and the reporting officer, the same officer who reported the break-in at Fred’s, saw it was the same man. The Valero footage was higher quality, and a picture of the man from that footage was included in the second report.
The picture was circulated to all Conway police officers, the report concluded.
New twist, old scam
A woman came to police Aug. 7, Monday, at 11:21 a.m. about being the victim of a scam. She spoke with an officer there.
The officer reported being told by the woman of her responding to a “Mystery Shopper Wanted” ad on social media. She applied, and was told the task was to use two separate MoneyGram accounts and evaluate them to the corporation, Trend Source, Inc., which was contacting her.
She agreed to the employment and was sent a check for $2,450.85. She then, per the instructions, deposited the check and withdrew all but $200 (her pay for the task) and split the monies between two MoneyGram sites. At each site — a drug store and a department store — she sent money to a Texas address, one in Houston and one in Dallas, a total of $2,250.85.
Shortly after transmitting the funds, she got a call from her bank, she told the officer, telling her that the check was fraudulent, putting her account in $2,444 overdraft.
Knows a guy
A man came to police Monday, Aug. 7, about a theft. There he met with an officer and explained that his ATV was stolen.
The man said he’d gotten on Craigslist to find somebody who could work on his four-wheeler. After finding someone who could do the work, he dropped off his ATV. It was Feb. 28.
Around May 31, he told the officer, he started trying to reach the man, asking him when his ATV would be finished. The man replied he could pick it up soon, but it was currently stored at another man’s shop. He did not state where that shop was located. By June 14, the contracted repairman stopped returning text messages.
The officer called the number for the phone, and got a “not in service” message.
The man said he went to the home where he dropped off the ATV, but nobody was there, the property apparently abandoned.
He did not have a VIN for the ATV available. He was given a report number.