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Police Beat (12/26/13)

Posted: December 26, 2013 - 4:22pm

Among reports recently released by the Conway Police Department:

•First-degree criminal mischief, Bruce Street.

Conway police observed approximately $100 in damage to the door frame of an apartment in the 2600 block of Bruce Street on Christmas Eve night.

Officers responded to the location after receiving reports of a burglary at a nearby duplex. While on scene, officers observed the door of a vacant duplex to be open.

After clearing the duplex, officers noted the door had been kicked in and the frame received damage. Officers contacted the duplex owner to notify him of the damages.

•Motor vehicle theft, Museum Road.

After more than five days, Crain Buick GMC was returned a 2014 GMC Sierra that was taken for a test drive by a Bryant man on Dec. 19.

Dealership employees said the man, 38, was given the keys to the vehicle to drive home, show his wife and then return to the dealership. Despite the agreement, the man, nor the vehicle, never returned.

Police responded to the dealership, located in the 1000 block of Museum Road, to take a report on Christmas Eve around 2:01 p.m.

In the five days between, employees say the man was contacted more than once via text message. On one of the days, the man told employees he would return the next day, however, the next day he texted back to say there had been a death in his family.

According to the police report, Arkansas State Police located the vehicle at a Kum and Go on Maumelle Boulevard in North Little Rock. Surveillance footage showed the suspect leaving the gas station in a different vehicle. A description of the vehicle was not listed in the report.

The pickup truck was returned, at which point the dealership indicated damage was located on the passenger’s side rear door and bumper. The vehicle was valued at $46,622 in the police report.

No arrests were mentioned.

•Vehicle breaking or entering, Southern Hills Drive.

A Conway man says his vehicle was recently entered and his wallet was stolen.

The 35-year-old victim said the theft occurred between 9:30 p.m. Monday and 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, while his vehicle was parked outside his residence in the 1700 block of Southern Hills Drive.

The victim said his wallet contained $450 and a debit card.

The victim told police he found no signs of forced entry, and believed his vehicle’s doors were left unlocked.

Another resident in the 1700 block of Southern Hills Drive also reported to police Tuesday that her vehicle was entered.

The 40-year-old victim said several Christmas gifts, valued at $265, were stolen from her vehicle, which was left unlocked.

Theft of property, Arrowhead Lane.

A 4 1/2-foot Santa Claus decoration was recently stolen from a Conway woman’s yard in the 1900 block of Arrowhead Lane.

The 59-year-old victim told police she went outside around 10:30 p.m. Sunday to turn off her Christmas lights, and noticed the plastic Santa Claus missing around 8 a.m. Monday.

No other decorations were reported missing.

The Santa Claus decoration was valued at $200 in the police report.

(Staff writer Lee Hogan can be reached by email at lee.hogan@thecabin.net or by phone at 505-1246. Follow Lee Hogan on Twitter at https://twitter.com/LCD_LeeHogan. To comment on this and other stories in the Log Cabin, log on to www.thecabin.net. Send us your news at www.thecabin.net/submit)

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