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Police beat 4/14/14

Posted: April 14, 2014 - 1:32pm

Among reports recently released by the Conway Police Department:

 

• Motor vehicle theft at 2200 block of Meadowlake Drive.

A man reported that a thief or thieves took stole his motorcycle, a 2008 Suzuki GSX-R 1000, from its parking space sometime between 2 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Sunday.

 

• Theft of property at 270 East Skyline Drive (Sinclair station).

Last week a thief or thieves got into a coin-operated air compressor on East Oak street and took the quarters. In a similar incident, at some point between Thursday night and Friday night, a thief or thieves just took the whole air compressor machine. 

 

• Theft of property at 3000 block of Eggman Lane.

At some point last week, while residents of a home were on vacation, someone took a Hypertherm Powermax 1000 plasma cutter and a Smith & Wesson Bodyguard .380 handgun.

  

• Residential burglary at 1900 block of Martin Street.

After being gone a couple days, a resident came back home early Friday morning to find that a burglar had broken a bedroom window and stole $60 cash from his bedroom.

 

• Shoplifting at 2280 Sanders Street (Tractor Supply Company).

At a few minutes before 8 p.m. on Friday a man went into the store and partially disassembled a Cub Cadet string trimmer, stuffing one part down his pants and concealing the other in his jacket. He left in a gold-colored car before employees could stop him, but they did get a good description of the man and his license plate number.

  

• Possession of suspected drugs/paraphernalia at 500 block of Polk Street.

An officer on patrol late Sunday morning stopped a Pontiac after its driver made an unsignaled turn. A passenger seemed nervous, according to the officer’s report, and tried to make a run for it. He was caught after a foot pursuit with another officer.

  

The fleeing suspect had a jar of what looked like marijuana, but it didn’t smell like marijuana, according to the incident report, and may have been one of the products sold as incense but treated with a THC-like chemical — “K2” and “Spice Max” are two trade names for the stuff, which was made illegal in Arkansas in 2010.

 

Inside the vehicle officers found more of this stuff and a syringe with a suspected methamphetamine solution in it. The suspect who fled and another man in the car were arrested on suspicion of drug possession and for giving false names.

  

• Possession of drug paraphernalia at 800 block of Oak Street.

An officer on patrol early Friday afternoon noticed that a truck’s windshield had a crack in it and pulled the driver over for this reason. The officer and another officer checked the driver and passenger for warrants (neither had any) and got consent to search the vehicle. Inside, one officer found an empty pill bottle and a digital scale. The empty pill bottle and scale were going to be submitted to the State Crime Lab, according to the report.

 

• Vehicle break-in at 2200 block of Cedar Oaks Drive.

At some point late Friday night or early Saturday morning a thief or thieves got into a garage and took a debit card. The thief or thieves tried to use the card at Walmart for $675 and $400 purchases, both of which were denied, and then for some gas at an Exxon station, which was also denied. The thief or thieves were eventually able to buy a Coke with it.

 

• Vehicle break-in at 3900 Dave Ward Drive (Walmart).

While a man was inside shopping between 5 and 9 p.m. on Saturday, a thief or thieves got into his truck and stole about 100 Hydrocodone pills and about 14 Xanax pills.

 

• Forgery at 646 S. Harkrider Street (Dusty’s station).

At about 5:30 Thursday afternoon a man went into Dusty’s and tried to pay with an obviously bogus $100 bill. They ran from the store when confronted about it.

 

• Common thievery on 1st Avenue.

At some point between Thursday afternoon and early Friday morning a thief or thieves, who must have no shame at all, stole a 12-year-old boy’s Dynacraft bicycle. This happened even though the boy had tried to lock it up because his bicycles get stolen so often. Also, according to the report, his bicycles get stolen so often that the boy — a 12-year-old, mind you — has started writing down the serial numbers on a piece of paper.

 

• Public intoxication at 5100 block of Old Morrilton Highway.

On Sunday Union Pacific workers told police that there was a pickup truck mired in a ditch near Old Morrilton Highway and Cadron Creek with a man apparently asleep in it. The officer was able to wake the man up and could tell that he had been drinking, according to the report. After a little while the man’s speech became coherent and he was able to tell the officer that an off-highway “mudding” excursion ended in misadventure, and that he started drinking after his truck got suck in the ditch. His keys were nowhere to be found, according to the report. He was arrested on suspicion of public intoxication.  

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InsGuru
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InsGuru 04/14/14 - 03:01 pm
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Really?

"An officer on patrol early Friday afternoon noticed that a truck’s windshield had a crack in it and pulled the driver over for this reason."

So you're saying they pulled them over without a reason?

conwaygerl
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conwaygerl 04/14/14 - 03:20 pm
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with reason

Is two-fold.

1) A crack obstructs vision. Especially if sunlight or headlights hit it.
2) A safety issue. Once the glass is cracked, it's no longer considered a structurally-intact safety feature, which is required by law.

InsGuru
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InsGuru 04/14/14 - 03:32 pm
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Right

I realize this fact. But, you see cars with wind shields all the time cracked.... Next to cops at lights. If they were that worried about it, why aren't they in wal-mart parking lots just writing tickets all day? But it's my understanding that the crack must be passing through the area needed to see. Also, "2) A safety issue. Once the glass is cracked, it's no longer considered a structurally-intact safety feature, which is required by law."
Arkansas got rid of vehicle inspections a long long time ago...

I'd also like to know how the officers knew it was cracked ( I mean unless it was completely beat to crap with a bat)? I pass cars all the time, I can't see that well going 25+ MPH and I've got better than 20/20? If a cop was passing by him going the other direction why's he looking over there instead of the road in front of him? Was the cop behind him? How'd he see the front? Sorry, but these people were some how profiled, and this was the lie used in the report to justify it.

conwaygerl
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conwaygerl 04/14/14 - 03:56 pm
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inspections are gone

But the law still applies.
I see cars with (too?) dark tint next to police cars as well.
Maybe I should point them out to the officer next time.

How were they profiled?

InsGuru
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InsGuru 04/14/14 - 04:07 pm
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That's the real question

Who knows how they were. I mean if the wind shield was beat to all heck, then yeah pull them over, but a crack? gimme a break. Like I said, how'd they even see it? oh well, not my crack, not my problem.

conwaygerl
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conwaygerl 04/14/14 - 04:31 pm
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ok

You realize you said you see cracked windshields all the time, but then you act flabbergasted when the police notice one?

Which is it?

braydin
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braydin 04/15/14 - 10:21 am
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Lawyered

Lawyered

InsGuru
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InsGuru 04/15/14 - 10:44 am
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Yes...

When stationary (hence my reference to just going around a parkign lot and writing tickets). If you read further, it describes the difficulty of seeing one on a passinve vehicle going 25+ mph.

conwaygerl
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conwaygerl 04/15/14 - 11:15 am
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I don't think

Having a cracked windshield in a PARKED car, is a violation, only in operating the vehicle, is it a violation.

Say I park on the street during a storm and a branch breaks my windshield. CPD can't roll up on me and write a citation for that.

I can see cracked windshields in approaching and while following vehicles.

Get some corrective eye-wear if you cant.

Joe Lamb
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Joe Lamb 04/14/14 - 05:03 pm
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A traffic stop based solely

A traffic stop based solely on a cracked windshield was held permissible by the Ark. Supreme Court last year:

http://opinions.aoc.arkansas.gov/WebLink8/0/doc/311234/Page1.aspx

Justices Corbin and Danielson dissented.

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