Among reports recently released by the Conway Police Department:
1. Possession of a controlled substance/robbery/fleeing at 1155 Skyline Drive (Walmart). Officers responded early on the evening of Feb. 10 to reports that Walmart loss prevention officer was in a foot pursuit with a shoplifter. After being advised on the last known direction the thief had been seen running toward, officers found a suspect matching the thief’s description lying on the ground in an alley behind New China. The suspect, identified as 50-year-old Steven John Voegele of 707 South Elizabeth St., Conway, was searched upon his arrest and two suspected smoking devices, a set of digital scales and less than a gram of suspected methamphetamine were found in his pockets. Officers later made contact with the loss prevention officer who pursued the suspect, who said that she chased the thief to a nearby apartment complex and lost contact shortly after he threatened her with an object police believe to have been a large wooden rain gauge.
2. Possession of a controlled substance/fleeing in the area of Fourth Avenue and Maple Street. An officer patrolling Harkrider Street at about 2:45 a.m. on Thursday noticed that a white early ’90s Cadillac seemed to be going about 20 mph over the speed limit and attempted to initiate a traffic stop as the vehicle turned onto Fifth Avenue. When the vehicle stopped one suspect got out of the driver’s door and another started to get out of a rear door. The officer yelled for the driver to stop and come to him, and the driver ran west down Fourth Avenue. The officer pursued him a short distance in his patrol car and then continued the pursuit on foot. A taser shot went wide, but the officer was able to run the suspect down and arrest him. This suspect, identified in the report as 25-year-old Ricky Austin of 475 Robins St., Conway, was found to be “extremely intoxicated.” Soon after Austin was arrested another, officer radioed that the white Cadillac was moving “at a high rate of speed and running red lights on Harkrider.” Another officer stopped the Cadillac at the Oakwood Village Trailer Park and arrested its new driver, identified in the report as 26-year-old Columbus Tuggle of 475 East Robins St., and a passenger identified in the report as 26-year-old Quinton James of 1008 Jefferson St., Little Rock. In the vehicle was found about 2 grams of suspected “crack” cocaine. Austin was arrested on suspicion of second-offense DWI, fleeing on foot, refusal to submit to chemical test, careless/prohibited driving, driving while license is suspended/canceled/revoked and for a misdemeanor warrant. Tuggle was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance, careless/prohibited driving, disregarding a traffic control device and driving while license is suspended/canceled/revoked. James was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance.
3. Residential burglary at 1200 block of Champions Drive. Victim reported arriving home from work on the afternoon of Feb. 10 to find that a thief or thieves had kicked in a back door and had stolen a Sony 42-inch flat screen TV, a Samsung 52-inch flat screen TV, an Xbox 360 game console, a PlayStation III game console, seven associated video games, a Panasonic DVD recorder, a white gold necklace with purple stone, a white gold pinkie ring with yellow stone and four wristwatches each valued in the report at $20.
4. Motor vehicle theft at 800 block of Scherman Oaks Circle. Victim reported that at some point between about 9 p.m. on Sunday and 9 a.m. on Monday someone stole a black 2007 GMC Envoy. Also during about the same time at the 800 block a thief or thieves stole various power tools and a Blackberry cell phone from a garage.
5. Breaking or entering at 600 block of Elsinger Boulevard. At some point between about 10:15 a.m. and 12:30 a.m. on Monday a thief or thieves smashed the window of a parked work van belonging to a Florida-based HVAC service company and stole a relative humidity sensor and combustible gas detector.
6. Theft of property at 2700 block of Clover Lane (Mallory Construction job site). Workers discovered on Monday that a thief or thieves had stolen a Case 550 E bulldozer. Police investigating the crime found reason to believe that the machine was loaded onto a yellow trailer and pulled away by a white dump truck with rusted doors at some point between about 7 and 7:30 a.m. on Monday.
7. Theft of property at 850 Simon St. (Linn’s Auto Salvage). At some point between about 6 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. on Monday a thief or thieves stole a Caterpillar 303CR mini-excavator.
8. Residential burglary at 100 block of Brookside Drive. Victim reported that at some point between about 5:30 and 6:30 on Friday a thief or thieves had entered a residence through a back door and stolen items including a Marlin 12-gauge pump-action shotgun, a rifle of unknown make or model, temporary checks, pain medication, a pair of Bushnell binoculars and another pair of rubber-cased binoculars, a pump-action rifle of unknown make chambered in .30-06 and three pocket knives.
9. Residential burglary at 400 block of Willow Street. Victim reported that at some point between about noon and 2 p.m. on Monday afternoon a thief or thieves kicked in a back door and stole a Dell Inspiron laptop and a Targus laptop case.
10. Theft of property at 400 block of Elsinger Boulevard. After performing at the Logan’s Roadhouse restaurant a drummer accidentally left a bag containing about $990 worth of drumsticks and other drum gear in the parking lot late Saturday night. The bag was not in the parking lot when he checked again early Sunday morning. Several of the drum sticks have the initials JLM on them.
11. Criminal mischief at 1900 block of Payne Lane. Victim reported that a vandal attacked a snowman with a club late Monday night as she was putting her young daughter to bed. The victim spent two hours repairing the damage caused by the vandal, but shortly thereafter several vandals set upon the snowman. The vandals, described by the victim as white males, fled in a vehicle when the victim tried to stop them.