A Greenbrier man and a teen girl were arrested before dawn on Wednesday after a number of suspected stolen tools were found in their car.
A Conway Police Department officer was patrolling the Freyaldenhoven Lane neighborhood in northeast Conway at about 2:30 a.m. when he noticed a Buick LeSabre parked on the side of the road with its taillights on and its trunk open. Finding this suspicious, the officer trained his spotlight on the vehicle and saw a female suspect "duck down," according to CPD public information officer Chris Harris.
The officer made contact with this suspect, who said that she and her friend had run out of gas and that her friend was knocking on doors in the neighborhood to find residents willing to help him out.
The officer found this to also be suspicious, Harris said, and the questioning continued. The girl told the officer that her friend may have been in a nearby garage, other officers who arrived at the scene searched the garage, but found no one. There was a mitre saw laying on the garage floor near a vehicle’s tire, and officers noticed that there seemed to be a number of nail guns and a reciprocating saw in the suspect vehicle’s trunk.
Shortly thereafter, Harris said, the friend arrived and was identified as William Paul King, 19, of 66 Cedar St., Greenbrier. King told officers that he had run out of fuel and had been looking for a friend’s house to give him gas money. Officers made contact with the resident at the home with the garage, and the resident identified the tools as his, pointing out that he had put his name on them.
King and the teen, a 16-year-old, were arrested. In the teen’s purse was found a suspected marijuana smoking device and a digital scale. In the glove box of the vehicle was found a suspected marijuana grinder.
A canvas bag inside the car yielded more suspected stolen tools, which were traced to a Dendron Street residence.
King was arrested on suspicion of residential burglary, possession of drug paraphernalia, contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile and theft by receiving. The teen was arrested on suspicion of residential burglary, theft by receiving and possession of drug paraphernalia.