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Police Beat 7/28/14: Two wheels bad, a gaze of wonderment and The Mystery of the Unauthorized Housesitter

Posted: July 28, 2014 - 4:33pm

• Vehicle break-in spree at 705 Museum Road.

A thief or thieves got into three vehicles belonging to two Texans and an Ohioan staying at the Comfort Suites Saturday night. They stole a Dell laptop, a Garmin gps unit, Cannon and Kodak cameras, a Sony DVD player, an iPad, a computer bag, suitcases full of clothes, a briefcase and a FBI-issued card. The thief or thieves got into all three vehicles by breaking side windows.

 

• Motorcycle hooning at Bruce Street and Farris Road.

An officer on patrol on College Avenue at about 6 a.m. on Thursday noticed a hooded, sunglass-wearing white male on a dual-sport street/off-road motorcycle without a license plate do a big wheelie right in front of him on Farris Road. The officer turned on his blue lights and followed the rider to the roundabout at Farris Road and Bruce Street, where the rider did a sort of mid-roundabout, wrong-way U-turn, illegally of course, and goosed it back up Farris Road quick enough that the officer didn’t see which way he went.

“I considered the following factors:” the officer* wrote in his report, “the danger from a potential pursuit would outweigh the necessity for immediate apprehension of the suspect for this traffic offense, I had lost visual contact with the motorcycle, and the reckless driving techniques by the suspect created an unreasonable danger. I decided not to initiate a pursuit[.]” 

* At about 8:30 p.m. on the same day, according to an unrelated report, the same officer talked a crying man who was thinking about jumping off the Toad Suck bridge “into coming back over the railing and onto the bridge road surface.” The officer drove the man to Conway Regional Medical Center’s ER to wait for a Counseling Associates evaluation, but the ER was full and he had to take him to wait in county jail instead.

 

• Motor vehicle theft at 1500 block of Chinook Drive.

At some point before dawn on Friday a thief or thieves got into a brand-new Chevy truck that had been left unlocked with the keys in it. Before the officer could enter the truck as a stolen vehicle in the ACIC crime database, someone with GM’s OnStar service had found it in a neighborhood about a mile east of where it was stolen and disabled the ignition. The truck was “unlocked” and released to its owner.

 

• Motor vehicle theft at 10 block of Meadowbrook Drive.

At some point between 2 and 3:30 on Saturday afternoon a thief or thieves got into a 2004 Chevy Colorado, white in color, and stole it.

 

• Residential burglary at 400 block of Robins Street.

At some point between Thursday night and early Friday morning a thief or thieves got into a residence that might have been unlocked and stole a Samsung 50” TV.

 

• Residential burglary at 400 block of Harkrider Street.

A resident reported that at some point late Thursday night or early Friday morning a thief or thieves got into her house and stole her Soma, Lorcet and Klonopin medication.

 

• Possession of a controlled substance at 1400 block of Watkins Street.

An officer patrolling the area late Saturday afternoon noticed that a young lady in the passenger’s seat of a car didn’t seem to be wearing her seatbelt and pulled the car over. Dispatch advised that the driver had some past drug convictions, and the officer noticed “several corners of plastic baggies” in the driver’s floorboard, which the officer notes in the report as possibly suspicious since he learned in training that “plastic baggies are used to package marijuana and other drugs.”

The driver and passenger also seemed nervous, the officer notes, and declined to give consent to a search of the car. The officer then requested a K9 “sniff” around the car to see if the dog “hit” on the odor of contraband. Generally, this can be a permissible search under the 4th Amendment if the dog is trained according to current best practices, the stop had been lawful up to the point of getting the dog involved, and the dog has a record of reliable detection. Florida v. Harris, 568 U.S.___ (2013). But the dog didn’t have to get involved, according to the report, because the first officer and the K9 officer both reported being able to smell marijuana with their own noses. 

The officers found 48 grams of what was feared to be a “green leafy vegetable substance” in a jar on the floorboard, along with a digital scale and $540 folding cash. The driver tried to make a run for it on foot, but was tackled. The driver was arrested on suspicion of drug possession. The passenger was interviewed and released.

 

• Found property at 400 block of Fairway Drive.

A resident found a bag on his doorstep early Sunday afternoon with what was feared to be about a gram of “green vegetable matter” in it and handed it over to police. It’s the second time this has happened, he told the officer, and he has no idea why.

 

• Breaking or entering at 2700 block of Garden Grove Drive.

At some point between noon on July 20 and early Thursday afternoon a thief or thieves cut the lock on a storage unit and stole about $2,000 worth of assorted golf equipment made by Cleveland, Titleist, Oddysey, Golden Bear and “Pal Joey” — which apparently is also the name of a maker of golf bats — a $150 pair of Foot Joy golfing shoes and a Sega Genesis game console.

 

• Vehicle break-in at 700 block of 6th Street.

At some point late Saturday night or early Sunday morning a thief or thieves got into a woman’s car and stole $540 folding cash — including 20 $2 bills. The woman had been victim to a purse thief a couple weeks ago, she told police, and the thief might have used keys in the purse to get in her car.

 

• Vehicle break-in at 2200 block of Desha Drive.

At some point late Saturday night or early Sunday morning a thief or thieves got into a man’s truck and stole Sony Xplöd speakers, a Sirius satellite radio, an iPod and various golf equipment that should be identifiable because most of them have True Temper Dynalite shafts.

 

• Vehicle break-in at 1300 block of Crosspoint Road.

At some point late Thursday night or early Friday morning a thief or thieves got into a man’s truck and stole his iPod and iPhone 4s. The truck might have been unlocked.

 

• Vehicle break-in at 1155 Skyline Drive (Walmart).

At some point between 6:30 and 6:50 Saturday evening a thief or thieves apparently used some sort of prybar to get into the door/window of a man’s truck and stole his duffel bag with his motorcycle jacket, motorcycle pants and gloves in it.

 

• Vehicle break-in at 10 block of Lexington Drive.

At some point between 11 p.m. and midnight on Saturday a thief or thieves got into a man’s garage and rummaged around in his vehicles. Nothing seemed to be stolen.

 

• Bicycle thievery at 300 block of Watkins Street.

At some point late Saturday night or early Sunday morning a thief or thieves stole a man’s bicycle that he’d left in a friend’s yard for a few hours without chaining it to something immovable. It’s a bright orange Trek with some chipped paint and reflectors missing from one pedal and an Armadillo-brand tire on the front wheel.

 

• Bicycle/pill thievery at 2200 block of Lookout Avenue.

A resident reported that at some point between Thursday and Friday afternoon a thief or thieves got onto a porch and stole a 15-year-old’s red Mongoose bicycle, and then they or maybe another thief or theives got into the homeowner’s truck and stole a number of Hydrocodone pills.

 

• Shoplifting at 1155 Skyline Drive (Walmart).

An officer was called after a store asset protection worker noticed a teen in a motorized disability cart had stuffed an Airsoft pistol into his trousers and was last seen scooting around in the menswear section. The officer made contact with the teen, and gives this account in his incident report: 

“I made contact with the suspect … and asked him to tell me what was in his waistband and to keep his hands on the cart. He acted as if I didn’t know what I was talking about and gazed at me in wonderment.”

He had the Airsoft pistol in his pants, according to the report, and was arrested on suspicion of shoplifting.

 

• Found property.

Someone turned in a found wallet belonging to a Mr. D. Bradford on Sunday. It had a nickel in it.

 

• Unauthorized housesitting at 400 block of Par Fore Drive.

On Saturday morning neighbors called police to report that they had been keeping tabs on a house while the residents were away and that there were two unexplained cars in the driveway. The officer was met at the door by a 19-year-old woman wearing a bathrobe.

This woman told the officer that she was housesitting and that the 19-year-old man in the home with her had come by to take a look at some faulty plumbing. The officer called the homeowner, who confirmed none of this, and the officer carefully instructed the two to leave and not come back.

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