Police beat

From Conway Police Department reports

 

Not money money

An officer was on school zone patrol when a man approached him Thursday, Nov. 16 at 3:40 p.m. The man introduced himself and he and the officer spoke.

The man told the officer he had a restaurant, naming it. The night before, he told the officer, a customer tried to pay for his meal with a counterfeit $100 bill. The man handed the bill to the officer.

The officer noticed right away there was something wrong with the bill. Its paper and consistency were all wrong, he reported, and the ink didn’t look right. On further inspection he noted the paper had some Chinese characters imprinted on it, in pink.

The man told the officer that when the customer laid the bill down, he told the man he would be calling the police. With that the man pulled out an actual $100 bill, laid it on the counter to pay for his meal and, without waiting for change, turned and left the restaurant.

The restaurant owner said he didn’t call police at the time, as he understood the police did not take calls after hours.

The officer later processed the fake bill as evidence. The man who passed it, described as a white man with gray hair, was the same description as a suspect in a counterfeit bill passing at another Conway restaurant the day prior, the report concluded.

In the pocket

A woman called police Thursday, Nov. 16 just after 3:30 p.m. about a theft. An officer responded and met with the woman, who called from her apartment. She told the officer $1,300 had been stolen from her apartment.

She told the officer she had $200 in cash which she put in a jacket pocket, hanging in her bedroom closet two days earlier. Since then apartment maintenance had been in her home, checking on the air conditioner. When she went to get the money from her jacket Thursday, she told the officer, she found it was missing. Nobody other than apartment maintenance had been in her apartment in those few days, she told the officer, adding that her door had been locked the entire time.

The officer checked, and there were no signs of forced entry at the front of the apartment. “The area where the money was kept was well hidden and would have been very hard to find and no other items in the apartment were missing,” the officer included in his report.

The woman, 33, was given an incident number.

And then gone

A call came in to 911 dispatch Wednesday evening, Nov. 14, at 4:15 p.m. In the call, somebody shouted “They’re stealing my property” and then hung up the phone. The call came from a mobile home community on Robins Street. An officer was sent to investigate.

The officer checked at a lot number where he was told the call had come from. He spoke with the residents there, and was told the call had actually come from the home one number away. He checked there. The door was answered by a man, 59, who told the officer that his “girlfriend (now ex-girlfriend)” had taken his wallet and gone to another residence, the first residence where the officer stopped.

The wallet had his driver’s license, social security card and bank debit card, the man told the officer.

The man told the officer he did want a police report, but reportedly “shrugged his shoulders” when asked if he’d like to press charges against his now-former girlfriend.

The officer returned to the first home, but the woman was not there. He also checked the area but was unable to find her.

Home, alone

A woman called police Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 10 a.m. about a troubling real estate transaction. An officer took her report.

The woman said a woman had come to her home asking about renting a home after seeing an ad for same, giving the address. The first woman, now on the phone with police, told the officer she told the second woman that she had just purchased the home, and it was not for rent.

The woman gave her a name of the person advertising the house for rent. It was the same name as the grandson of the man who used to own the house, she told the officer.

The next day the reporting officer checked with a real estate agency, and confirmed the woman had purchased the home. He called the woman who had made the initial contact, and she told him her sister was currently in an Email exchange with the grandson about renting the phone. He invited her to drive by the home and inspect it, and if she wanted to see more to come by at 10 a.m. and he would meet her there.

The reporting officer and a sergeant went to the house at 10 a.m., but nobody was there. The homeowner sent the officer a copy of the Email exchange, the report concluded.

 

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