From Conway Police Department reports

Suspicious neighbor

The Conway Police Department was called out to an incident at High Point Park Apartments early Tuesday morning after a woman reported one of her neighbors suspiciously followed her to her apartment.

The woman called shortly before 12:30 a.m. and said a man began knocking on her car window and was trying to get her to roll it down before following her to her apartment.

When officers arrived on scene, the suspect was standing in front of the victim's door with his car running in front of the building. One of the officers noticed the suspect's windshield wipers had been left on even though it was not raining.

While speaking with the man, officers became suspicious the suspect was intoxicated because his eyes were bloodshot and watery, his eyelids were halfway closed and "he slurred his words significantly."

The man told officers he'd lost a pill bottle and thought the woman in the apartment knew where he could find it. The victim, who officers noted was visibly upset over the encounter, said she had no idea who the man was and was terrified of him.

Officers located a glass bong in plain view of the suspect's grey Honda. They also found a small bag of suspected marijuana in the man's vehicle.

The man was arrested and taken to the county jail on suspicion of public intoxication, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia following the early-morning incident.

Public defender scam

A man pretending to be a public defender attempted to scam a Conway woman out of $6,000 earlier this week, according to an incident report.

The victim told police she received a call from a woman Wednesday morning posing as her granddaughter. The woman posing as the victim's granddaughter said she was in jail in Alabama and needed help. From there, the phone was handed over to a man acting as the girl's public defender and said he could help out for $6,000.

The man told the victim her granddaughter was involved in "a minor accident" and was arrested on a DWI charge. Because the girl "was barely over the limit," he said "he believed he could get her off of her charge, but he would need $6,000," according to the incident report.

In her statement to police, the woman said she was instructed by the man, who called himself Walter Sterling, to purchase three $1,500 gift cards from Best Buy and then provide him with each card number.

As she purchased the cards, the cashier asked if she wanted to apply the purchase credits to her reward membership. Because she did not have a membership, the woman applied the credit's to her son's account, which she said helped identify the scam quickly.

Her son immediately picked up on the scam when he questioned his mother about the purchase and the two attempted to cancel the cards. The woman told police she and her son were able to successfully cancel two of the cards.

The woman said she was able to trace the number to Washington D.C. and described the scammer "as sounding like a middle aged, well educated white male."

The officer who spoke with the victim instructed to get in touch with the credit reporting bureau so that she could report the incident to protect her personal information.