From Conway Police Department reports
Early, 6:03 a.m., when police were called to a apartment on Donaghey Avenue. It was Tuesday, Dec. 12, and a car had been stolen. The officer arrived and spoke with the man who had called.
He had gone out that morning and started his car to warm it up, the man told the officer. After starting it, he went back inside to finish his morning preparations. When he came back outside about 5-10 minutes later, "he noticed the vehicle was not there."
The car was entered into the database as stolen, the report concluded.
Bore a hole in it
Sears called police at 11:14 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13. A shoplifting had taken place. The reporting officer was the second on the scene, and the first officer described the shoplifter to him including that the man had neck tattoos. He had stolen a drill from the store, the story went, and they thought he had put it in a silver car with Missouri tags parked outside. Then the man went into the nearby Harbor Freight.
The officers went to Harbor Freight to see if there was anyone in there who matched the suspect’s description. Son of a gun, there he was. The officer spoke with the man.
He had not been in Sears, he said. The officer, regardless, "detained" the man and continued investigating. He searched the man and found a green leafy substance in a plastic bag in the man’s pocket. While this description would also fit collard greens, the officer reported it was suspected marijuana in the man’s pocket. The officer got the man’s ID and called it in.
Dispatch returned that the man was on probation and had an active search waiver on file. (Meaning he could be searched without giving permission. These agreements are typical in meeting terms of parole.) He had not, he repeated again, been in Sears nor taken a drill. The officer walked him outside the Harbor Freight. As they left there, the man said the drill was in his car, a Chrysler, parked nearby.
The officer looked and spotted the drill in question, sitting on top of several things in the passenger side floorboard.
The drill was returned to the store, the car locked and secured.
An officer was on patrol Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 13 at 1:45 p.m. or thereabouts when he found himself following a Chrysler down Donaghey Avenue. He ran the tag on the car, and got a name back for the person to whom the car was registered. He thought he recognized the man driving the car, who was not the registered owner, as someone who had been cited back in May. He called in the name and that man showed to have outstanding warrants out of Faulkner County. (As always, "outstanding" is a terrible score in such matters.)
The man driving may have been the same man but, from where each was sitting, the officer said he was not sure. After momentarily losing sight of the car, the officer spotted it parked at the KFC on Donaghey. The officer drove by but again could not confirm the man sitting behind the wheel was the same outstanding (as it were) man.
The officer pulled over down the road and waited for officers with the Crime Suppression Unit. When they group arrived, they and the officer went to the KFC and checked the Chrysler. The man driving, it turned out, was the man of many warrants, and he was arrested.
In a search of the car $846 was found in its glove box. The money, and the car, were released to a man the driver named. The man was taken to jail.