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Police Beat (12/23/13)

Posted: December 23, 2013 - 5:29pm

Among reports recently released by the Conway Police Department:

•Shoplifting, various locations.

As the number of days until Christmas dwindles, the occurrences of shoplifting ascends.

The Conway Police Department responded to at least five reports of shoplifting in the last weekend before Christmas, according to department incident reports. In the incidents, police made four arrests and more than $950 in stolen merchandise was recovered.

Officers responded to Walmart, located in the 1100 block of Skyline Drive, around 4:44 p.m. Sunday and arrested two Greenbrier men who were seen concealing items by store employees.

The two men, ages 45 and 48, were taken into custody by police and charged with theft of property.

Earlier Sunday, officers responded to Home Depot, located in the 500 block of Elsinger Boulevard, around 10:58 a.m., to another report of shoplifting.

Store employees told officers a white male was seen leaving with a micro-torch kit and mini-torch, which he did not purchase. Employees say the man concealed the items, while in the bathroom, before leaving the store. The suspect was said to have left in a white, 1990s model Honda Accord.

The stolen merchandise was valued at $25.97.

Conway police responded, once again, to Walmart on Skyline Drive to another report of shoplifting around 3:50 p.m. Saturday.

While speaking with a loss prevention employee about an unrelated shoplifting incident, officers observed a 60-year-old Greenbrier woman attempting to leave the store with a cart full of merchandise. The woman later admitted to attempting to steal more than $720 worth of items, and was transported to the Faulkner County jail.

While on scene, officers also arrested a 22-year-old Conway man that attempted to return an item for cash, then retrieved the same item off a store shelf and attempted to leave without paying.

Police also responded to Belk, located in the 600 block of Elsinger Boulevard, around 4:52 p.m. Friday, and arrested a 22-year-old Conway woman who store employees said attempted to steal $170 in merchandise.

•Theft of property, Museum Road.

A Greenbrier man says his PlayStation 4, controllers and two games were stolen from his vehicle after it was used by a friend.

The 23-year-old victim told police he noticed the items, valued at $600, missing after his friend returned the vehicle. The victim asked his friend where the items were, but the victim stated “(his friend) acted like he knew nothing,” according to the police report.

The victim told police he has also contacted PlayStation Network to be notified if his console is used or registered.

•First-degree criminal mischief, East Rockwood Drive.

A Conway man says two trees and Christmas decorations were destroyed when an unknown person entered his backyard in a vehicle.

The 59-year-old victim said the incident occurred between 9 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday. The victim said, in addition to ruts in his yard, two small Evergreen trees and an assortment of decorations were lost.

Damage was estimated at $120 in the police report.

•Public intoxication, East German Lane.

Conway police arrested a North Carolina man for public intoxication Saturday night after receiving reports of an intoxicated person in the area of East German and Arrowhead lanes.

Officers made contact with the Charlotte native, who was observed lying in the northbound lane of East German Lane.

Police said an odor of intoxicants was evident, and the 37-year-old man displayed slurred speech and difficulty walking.

Officers then arrested the man and transported him to the Faulkner County jail.

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