Conway police stopped a daylight theft by a repeat offender after an officer saw the man walking down the street with more items than earlier.
Police were patrolling Harkrider Street Friday afternoon, April 20, when an officer spotted a man walking with a plastic grocery bag. The officer believed that he was leaving Price Cutter and heading to Oakwood Village mobile home park.
After driving through the park and turning back around, the officer noticed that the man still carried the grocery bag in one hand but now had a black and green tool belt, which was full of hand tools. The officer stated he had not seen the man carrying those just a few minutes before. The officer exited his car and approached the man, asking him where he got the tool belt. The man said they were laying behind a building. The officer asked the man to come to the vehicle while another officer made contact with the owner of the building.
While waiting for the other officer to arrive, another man approached saying he was the owner of the tools. He said he had been contacted by his secretary that a witness told her a man had taken them from the rear of one of the business' trucks. The man said each tool had red tape on them. After checking the tools, the officer placed the thief into custody and transferred the tools back to the owner. The officer was unable to locate the witness.
The offender was found to have a valid warrant for failure to pay fines on an original charge of theft of property. He chose nnot to answer any questions.