From Conway Police Department reports

A dipstick

Police were called to a business Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 11:30 a.m. The owner of the business was concerned about what was labeled “criminal mischief” in the report. The officer arrived and met with the business manager, along with an employee. The manager explained the situation: A former employee had damaged a company car.

The manager continued that he had asked the former employee to bring the company car in on Jan. 12. He couldn’t, the man replied, due to “personal reasons.” They agreed to meet the following day so the car could be dropped off. The manager said he went to pick up the car at the agreed-upon time and place, but the other man, the now former employee, never showed.

Then the man showed up at the business on Jan. 15 and dropped off the car. The manager wasn’t there, but the employee standing there with him was. In dropping the car off the ex-employee drove it into the shop so it could be cleaned.

The car sat for a few days, and that morning they had pulled the car outside to air out since “it smelled bad.” As they started the car to move it the engine began to knock, loud enough where they were worried the car was going to blow up. They shut it off and the employee checked the car over, popping the hood and checking the dipstick.

No oil was apparent on the dipstick. They called the ex-employee about the knock and oilless dipstick and the man said he didn’t know anything about it.

The manager told the officer he’d seen the now-former employee about three weeks earlier and the car was running fine. He was going to, he told the officer, get a mechanic to look at it and get a estimate on repairs.

He was given a report number.

Empty box

Police were called to a Museum Road address on Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 5:25 p.m. A man’s pickup truck, a 2016 Dodge Ram, had been broken into. An officer arrived and spoke with the man who called in the incident.

The truck had been unlocked, the man said, but there was only one thing missing. He had a .380 caliber Ruger in the glove box and that was gone, he told the officer.

The officer checked the area, but no evidence was found. The gun’s serial number was entered into the database as stolen.

Fender defender

An officer was on patrol Monday, Jan. 22 at 2:30 p.m. when he spotted a black Honda motorcycle going east on Fleming Street. He fell in behind it and checked its license number.

The motorcycle returned as stolen out of Jonesboro. As this information came in, the motorcycle had pulled into a gas station, the rider going inside. The officer waited outside by the machine until the rider returned, then speaking with the man.

As they spoke the officer had a chance to take a closer look at the bike, calling in, now its VIN, further confirming it as stolen. The rider said it wasn’t his motorcycle (which is kinda’ the point of all this) but he had gotten it from his boss, a buddy, who was letting him ride it while he fixed its front fender.

He didn’t have his boss’s last name. He did show the officer a text from the man, asking if the fender was fixed as he wanted to get the motorcycle painted. A copy of the message was attached to the report.

The man has taken into custody for theft by receiving, the motorcycle impounded. Jonesboro police were notified of what had taken place.