About 70 gift cards were stolen from a supply closet at St. Joseph Middle School with an approximate value of $2,150.
Conway police spoke with St. Joseph Middle School Principal Joe Mallett after he had informed them of the theft. he was advised by his secretary that the gift cards were stolen over the weekend. They were kept in a security box that was found to be pried open. The box had a couple of quarter-inch wide tool marks on either side of the lock. The box was kept in a supply closet. Officers were told that the original door handle was changed prior to the police's arrival.
Mallett told police that the closet was always locked, forcing anyone who used it to either have a key or have knowledge on how to get a key. Officers could not find any signs of a break in anywhere else in the building. School officers agreed with police that the thief had been inside lawfully and had previous knowledge of the location of the cards.
The gift cards are in various amounts. Each card gives a slight percentage back to the school when used as a type of fund raiser for the school.
Police were provided with a spreadsheet of the cards and their amounts.