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Police beat 7/21/14: A Facebook fiend, a loyal dog and the Cloud of Umbrage

Posted: July 21, 2014 - 4:18pm

Among reports recently released by the Conway Police Department:


• Vehicle break-in at 3500 block of Pebble Beach Drive.

At some point late Thursday night or early Friday morning a thief or thieves got into an unlocked truck and stole a Beretta Px4 Storm handgun and an iPhone 5.


• Vehicle break-in at 1700 block of Steeple Lane.

While the victims were having dinner at a Steeple Lane home at around 9 p.m. on Friday, a thief or thieves got into their unlocked car and stole a Ruger LC9 handgun, some credit/debit cards and  a pair of sunglasses. Neighbors saw a dark blue sedan prowling around the neighborhood driven by a white male with a scruffy beard, and said that another white male, about six feet tall, ran and got into this car as it drove past the house where the victims were.


• Residential burglary at 3400 block of Irby Drive.

At some point between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Friday a thief or thieves got into an apartment and stole a 50” Sanyo plasma TV. The report states that a recently fired maintenance man was last seen leaving with large TVs in the back of his truck. An officer searched a residence where it was though this maintenance man might have taken the TVs, having been given permission to search by the person who lives there, but didn’t find any.


• Theft at 2302 College Avenue (Conway Regional Medical Center).

At around 2:30 Saturday afternoon a thief or thieves took a Stihl string trimmer from the back of a maintenance worker’s truck.


• Shoplifting at 1155 Skyline Drive (Walmart).

An employee noticed that a woman was pushing a shopping cart with about $250 worth of stuff from the baby section right out the door under cover of noon on Saturday. When the employee confronted her, she abandoned the cart and left in a blue GMC Acadia.


• Vehicle break-in at 1220 E. Oak Street.

At some point late Friday night or early Saturday morning a thief broke the window of a 2011 Camaro at a car dealership and made a lazy and pathetic attempt at stealing the car’s radio. After the thief partially succeeded in getting plastic bezel that surrounds the radio off — breaking it, of course — the thief’s depth of car radio thievery knowledge apparently just hit bottom, and they went back to wherever they came from, presumably.


• Theft by receiving at 324 Davis Street.

An officer was patrolling the area when his cruiser’s automatic license plate reader spotted a license plate for a car reported stolen out of Maumelle. The officer talked to a man in the residence the car was parked at, and the man said that he’d had car trouble and borrowed the car from a man in Blytheville he knew only by nickname. The officer arrested the man on suspicion of theft by receiving. The owner of the car was making arrangements to have it picked up, the report states.


• Theft of property at 1155 Skyline Drive.

On Friday afternoon a disabled shopper in an electric mobility scooter was going to pay for some tomato plants in the garden section but a thief had lifted her purse from the scooter’s basket. The victim was looking around the garden section hoping it had just fallen out, the report states, when she was told by someone that a woman had been seen stealing her purse. A good Samaritan found the victim’s cell phone behind a gas station and used its contact info got in touch with the victim and get it back to her. Walmart security provided CPD with footage of possible suspects.


• Vehicle break-in at Sherwood Drive.

AT some point late Thursday night or early Friday morning a thief or thieves got into a truck and stole some credit/debit cards. At around 7:30 Friday morning, before the cards were cancelled, the thief or thieves used the cards to buy about $900 worth of stuff at Walmart, and also for $16 in Conway Taxi fare, $3.48 at McDonald’s and $1.31 at the Redbox.


• Criminal impersonation.

On Friday a woman got a call that showed up as “911” on her phone and was told by the caller, who identified himself as a CPD officer and gave a badge number, that she had a warrant that could only be taken care of by sending money to a Cash Advance America account. Suspecting funny business, the woman questioned the caller, who said that if she doubted him she could call the attorney general, whose name he said was Sam, at a number he provided. The woman called this number and a “Sam” answered who sounded suspiciously like the first caller. CPD advised her to take steps to make sure her social security number and bank accounts were secure.


• More funny business.

On Friday a woman got a call from a charlatan who said he was with American Financial Awards Co. and that the woman had won about $1.75 million in cash and fabulous prizes — all she had to do was get a Green Dot MoneyPak card with $189 on it and call back on how to proceed to the next step in claiming the big prize. Suspecting funny business, the woman reported the call to CPD, where an officer told her that this sort of thing has been going around. She contacted CPD again after the shyster called back. The woman asked if he was from a town in Arkansas that didn’t exist, and the grifter said he was. When the woman told him that she was on to the charade, the con man started making threats. CPD advised her to take steps to make sure her social security number and bank accounts were secure.


• Motor vehicle theft/Facebook fiending.

A Conway man met an ostensible friend from Tennessee through the internet and the friend was invited to come for a visit. The man picked the friend up at a bus station in Littler Rock, but woke up the first night the friend was staying over to find that the friend, his MacBook Pro laptop and his 2013 Kia Soul were all gone. The friend’s last Facebook post was to let his friends in Tennessee know he was headed home. A be-on-the-lookout (BOLO) advisory was issued for the fiend and the stolen car.


• Possible criminal trespass at 1100 block of Spencer Street.

An officer on patrol noticed two men on their hands and knees digging for bits of leftover metal on the site of what used to be the scrap metal yard off Spencer Street. The officer thought this was an odd business to be up to at 3:30 on a Saturday morning and asked the men about it. They said the owner had given them permission to go after whatever was left there before the city turns it into a retention pond/amphitheater park, and that they were digging before dawn because the weather was nicer. They didn’t seem worried that the officer was there, the report states, and the officer let them go about their business, cautioning them that their names would be in a report and if any funny business came of it trespass warrants could be sought.


• Public intoxication at 3400 block of Irby Drive.

Several people called police early Saturday afternoon to report a man screaming and raving outside an apartment complex. The man seemed intoxicated, the report states, and told the officer that he was leading a team of U.S. Navy Seals in a training exercise, and so that was what all the screaming was about. Also, he said that he’d been drinking some. Finding that the man didn’t live there, and was “causing an extreme annoyance to the public,” he was arrested on suspicion of public intoxication.


• Insane/disorderly person at 855 Salem Road (Kroger).

On Sunday morning an officer went to check out reports of a panhandler in front of Kroger and spoke to a woman who may be homeless. The woman’s statements as recorded in the incident report suggest a possibility of mental disease or defect involving disorganized thought and delusions. For her safety and because she apparently had no one to take care of her, the officer arrested her and took her to jail “where she could be screened and hopefully helped by Counseling Associates.”


• Public intoxication at 1600 block of East Oak Street.

Just past midnight on Sunday officers were dispatched to a disturbance at a bar. There, they found a man in his mid 30s belligerent and apparently intoxicated in the parking lot “trying to fight people,” the report states. The man had friends who were trying to get him into a car and take him somewhere else, but he told an officer to “take me to jail.”

“I explained to [the man] that he was not going to jail and he needed to leave with his responsible party,” the officer wrote in his report. The man was having none of this talk, however, according to the report, and continued resisting female friends who were trying to get him out of there. He was arrested on suspicion of public intoxication.


• Possession of drug paraphernalia/bad day at 501 Elsinger Boulevard (Conway Commons shopping center).

An officer responded to reports that man apparently passed out in a car Saturday evening and made contact with a man who admitted to having huffed on some air duster after his ladyfriend got out of the car and walked away during an argument — followed by his dog, which also left the man and walked away. He gave permission to search his car and the officer found a small container with some white powdery residue in it that the man said was probably meth and a glass smoking pipe. The man was arrested on suspicion of drug paraphernalia, but not before the dog came back. The Conway Animal Welfare Unit took the dog for safekeeping.


• Indecent exposure at 2100 block of Harkrider Street.

On Monday evening an officer following up on indecent exposure reports at a gas station was told that in May a man in his 50s had come up to a window and exposed himself to an employee by wearing what were described in the report as “cut off shorts … with his [gentleman’s parts] showing out the bottom” — a situation he corrected when the employee confronted him about it. Then he came back wearing what was described in the report as "a plastic garbage bag” that also didn’t cover his genitals, and finally came back a third time just naked. Employees called again because the man was seen around the gas station on July 14, and they were afraid he’d be back at it.


Criminal mischief/Cloud of Umbrage at 924 Halter Road.

A man went into the UPS store late Friday afternoon to pick up a package, but the package wasn’t there. The man “yelled profanity at the staff for several minutes” before getting in his pickup and leaving in a big cloud of tire smoke and umbrage. He hit a stop sign, and kept going.

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fdsjfsdjfsda543543543 07/21/14 - 05:00 pm
More not responsible gun

More not responsible gun crazies leaving their vehicles unlocked. Brilliant!

Also, CPD should have more of those automatic license plate readers.

conwaygerl 07/21/14 - 06:12 pm
ah yes

"Also, CPD should have more of those automatic license plate readers."

Complains about searches without cause (illegal tint, etc)....
Suggests more license plate readers.


Joe Lamb
Joe Lamb 07/21/14 - 09:28 pm
An argument about this level

An argument about this level of technology being used by LEOs isn't entirely without merit, but the system doesn't do anything an officer can't — at least in theory.

The officer can make a note of every license plate he sees and radio them in "manually," of course, but practically this would be impossible. The automated LPN reader does this continually using cameras front and back and software that recognizes LPN letters and numbers and the machine goes "bing" when there's a cross-reference to crime databases.

I've got mixed feelings. It is a very powerful tool to help recover stolen vehicles and find wanted people, but at this point I'd say a little unease about it is a normal reaction. If somebody stole my car, though, my feelings would probably solidify quite a bit.

As far as the window tint issue, watch this space.

fdsjfsdjfsda543543543 07/23/14 - 12:37 am
You. Can't. Find. Me. On. The. Window. Tint. Thread.

complaining about searches. Just pointing out your stupid lame azz comments and VPD's lack of professionalism.

Furthermore, ALPRs are just cameras with computers attached. They don't illegally search anything or violate your "rights" They're computers, not humans. Your thick head probably can't figure that out though!

conwaygerl 07/23/14 - 09:12 am
Thick headed indeed

"They don't illegally search anything or violate your "rights""

Until something shows up unusual with the plate. Then it's GAME ON for searches and such, which is fine with me, it could help with Amber alerts and stolen vehicle recovery.

The irony in supporting one form of search (without cause) being ALPR over another (being VPD).

Good day!

I've often wondered why Arkansas doesn't require a front plate.

ucantbserious 07/22/14 - 09:38 am

So if you're going to steal a car and take it home you should always back it in.

alipage72 07/22/14 - 03:31 pm

I am all for the right to bear arms for protection, but seriously...if you are leaving your gun in your unattended vehicle, you do not deserve the right to have one! That is how people get killed by people who cannot legally get a gun. If you own a gun, you owe the rest of society the respect of being a responsible owner.

mikeng1994 07/22/14 - 04:12 pm

I am, according to some here in these threads, the Tea-bagging, Wing Nut, Assault Weapon Lovin, 4 Guns Mike, and you're right, these people who leave a gun in an unopened vehicle are morons. These are the ones who are part of the problem and not the solution.

I can imagine the time will come, if this continues, that a couple 7 year olds get in Daddy's truck playing like they are going somewhere, find the gun and accidentally shoot one of them. Not in any way shape or form the gun being at fault, just an irresponsible gun owner, and I truly despise you.

lachowsj 07/23/14 - 08:57 am
Appreciate your comment

As a liberal, left wing, gun phobic, freedom denying, Communist atheist (or so I am told), I appreciate your willingness to at least look at reasonable safety measures for guns. There should be a special category of theft for criminals who steal guns. There should also be a criminal charge for not securing your weapon when not in use. It goes beyond being a moron; it is a threat to society.

mikeng1994 07/23/14 - 09:39 am
Speaking of Morons

I meant unlocked, not unopened.

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