Police Beat 2/28/14 Car thieves, bad judgment and the odd journey of $0.87
• Motor vehicle theft at the 1000 block of Ellis Avenue (Village at Hendrix).
A person reported that at some point between 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and 6 a.m. Thursday a thief or thieves stole a dark green 1993 Honda Accord sedan with what is described as a red "SAVE" bumper sticker and a CBC parking decal.
• Theft of property at the 2800 block of Nutter Chapel Road.
A man was standing at his kitchen sink at about 4:30 Wednesday afternoon when he noticed someone driving a truck through his yard towing what appeared to be his six-and-a-half horsepower Honda 20-ton log splitter, which is built to be towed like a trailer. The man didn’t get a good look at the thief, but the truck is described as a late ‘90s GMC or Chevy extended cab pickup.
• Theft of property/third-degree battery.
A man agreed to give a person a ride to Little Rock on Wednesday, and the person agreed to pay the driver $100 for the trip. How it actually worked out, according to the driver, was that the driver drove the person to what might have been his home at a large apartment complex "to get the money" but the person never came back. The driver then noticed that an envelope that he thought was in car with about $400 in it wasn’t in his car.
On Thursday, the driver noticed the person walking down Dave Ward Drive and stopped for a talk about the missing envelope, during which he was punched in the face, according to the report. The driver, who according to the report didn’t have any observable injuries, was advised of the warrant process and how to proceed with seeking the person’s arrest.
Later on Thursday officers found and talked to the person about the alleged theft and assault/battery. At some point an officer picked up the person’s jacket and some change — $0.87 — fell out of a pocket. The officer picked up the $0.87 and forgot that he’d put it in his pocket until later. The report says that this officer tried to call the person to give him the $0.87 back, but couldn’t get in touch.
The $0.87 is being kept at the police station until the person claims it.
• Aggravated assault at the 1700 block of Clifton Street.
A person reported that their had been intentionally rammed by someone in another car that was "screaming and honking her horn." No injuries were reported.
• Third-degree battery at 1010 Main St. (JJ’s Bar and Grill).
At around 10:45 Wednesday night officers responded "to a report of 14 people fighting." The scuffle happened outside, was over by the time officers arrived, and no serious injuries were reported. "The competition began to rise and people started throwing punches," a young woman told police.
• Criminal trespass at 1921 Prince St. (Conway Junior High School).
An officer was responded Wednesday afternoon to reports of a young woman using profanity on campus. The officer found someone matching the description accompanied by a young man. Both said that they were out of high school, and the young man said that he was on campus hoping to figure out if a teacher had flirted with his girlfriend "like two or three years ago" and, if so, who they might be. "I asked him if he thought what he was trying to do was smart and he said, ‘no, it was pretty stupid,"’ the officer wrote in his report. "I agreed with [him] and asked them both for their identification." The young man was arrested on a warrant for a non-violent offense from another jurisdiction. The officer gave him a warning for criminal trespass and advised against going to any of the city’s public schools.
• Criminal mischief at 1155 Skyline Drive (WalMart).
An employee reported on Wednesday evening that a man had been madly pushing a shopping cart into cars.