Police beat 8/27/14: The copper thieves' big score and somebody's counterfeiting $1 bills now

Among reports recently released by the Conway Police Department:

 

• Residential burglary at 2200 block of Meadowlake Road.

A man reported that at some point between the morning of Aug. 21 and afternoon of Aug. 26 a thief or thieves got into his house and stole a Hi-Point model 916 9mm handgun, a LG 42” TV and some clothes and shoes.

 

• Residential burglary at 400 block of Second Street.

A woman reported early Tuesday morning that about 150 Hydrocodone pills came up missing from her home.

 

• Commercial burglary at 584 Commerce Road (Wonder State Box Co.).

At some point late Monday night a thief or thieves got onto the property and stole about $250 worth of scrap copper tubing.

 

• Theft of property at 112 East Oak Street (Entergy).

At some point between Monday evening and early Tuesday morning a thief or thieves got onto the property by cutting the lock off of a gate and got into utility trucks, stealing six 50-pound bundles of No. 2 copper and eight 25-pound spools of No. 6 copper. Each spool or bundle was secured to the trucks with a lock, and so the thief or thieves cut a total of 15 locks to steal about 300 pounds of copper. Copper is worth a little over $3 per pound.

 

• Theft of property at 600 block of 4th Avenue.

A 21-year-old man reported this week that that he went to a party on Aug. 3 “thrown by individuals whose identities were unknown to him,” according to the report. The man fell asleep on a couch, and woke up to find that a thief or thieves had fished his Samsung Galaxy S5 cell phone out of his pocket. Someone had also gotten into his car and stolen some rock climbing equipment, a yellow-colored Dell Inspiron laptop, an E-cigarette and a Canon Powershot camera.

 

• Vehicle break-in at 10 block of South Donaghey Avenue.

At some point on Sunday night a thief or thieves got into a woman’s car and stole a license plate that was in it. The car might have been unlocked.

 

• Vehicle break-in at 800 block of Merriman Street.

At some point between 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday a thief or thieves got into a man’s car and stole a Ruger LCP .380acp pocket handgun, an Asis model U46E laptop in a black laptop bag, an iPad Mini and an external hard drive. The car might have been left unlocked.

 

• Suspected drug possession.

Officers were patrolling on foot in the Oakwood Village trailer park when they saw two men leaning in the windows of a parked car. The officers asked the men what they were up to, and one of them started walking away and wouldn’t stop when asked. According to the report, the man threw a baggie on the ground as an officer caught up to him. The baggie had about 13 grams of a white rocklike substance and about a gram of what was feared to be a green vegetable matter. The rocklike substance was tested using a field test kit designed to indicate the presence of cocaine, but the test was negative. The substance was sent to the State Crime Lab and the man was arrested on suspicion of drug possession.

 

• Unauthorized use of a vehicle at 400 block of Robins Street.

A man reported that a lady had asked to borrow his truck to run down to a gas station to get some smokes on Monday evening. The lady took the truck, but didn’t come back.

 

• Criminal mischief at 800 block of Fendley Drive.

A vandal slashed the tires on two vehicles at some point late Sunday night or early Monday morning.

 

• Forgery.

A gas station employee found two counterfeit $1 bills that someone had passed last week. There have been an unprecedented number of counterfeit $20 and $100 bills going around in the city, but this is the first time bogus $1s have been reported.

 

• Suspected theft of property that turned out OK.

A woman hid her iPad under a magazine while she was working in the food pantry of a local church, but couldn’t find it when she gathered her things to leave. It was reported stolen, but a couple days later she found it and told police to cancel the theft report. 

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