Three theft suspects targeted one business and then another neighboring business in the Conway Commons shopping center at Elsinger Boulevard before evading police.
According to two Conway Police Department incident reports, the subjects first stole security system equipment valued at around $1,000 from RadioShack before moving to nearby Dick’s Sporting Goods, where a report says they stole Nike T-shirts.
An officer was taking the theft report at RadioShack when he was notified subjects fitting the RadioShack employee’s description were at Dick’s Sporting Goods.
An employee of Dick’s advised the three were leaving the store in the direction of Best Buy in a blue Ford Mustang without a license plate.
The Radio Shack employee described the subjects as three white males, two with neck tattoos.
One subject had red hair and a goatee, neck tattoos, and was tall and slim, the employee told police. A second subject was described as stocky, tall, and also with neck tattoos. A third subject was described as slim, tall, and with buzzed blonde hair.
The employee told police the three came into the store and said they’d just received tax refunds and were "looking to spend some money."
The report states the three waited until employees were distracted by other customers, and then "began shuffling around the store."
The employee told police he then heard the subjects leave through the store’s back door, and then heard tires "burning out."
An employee at Dick’s told police the subjects entered the store and "immediately began acting suspicious."
"She said that one of the subjects was holding T-shirts up by his face as if he was trying to distract the workers to pay attention to him or if he was trying to hide his face," an officer wrote.
The report states employees spread throughout the store "to keep an eye on the subjects," but once the subjects realized they were being watched, they left the store "in a hurry."
An employee followed the three and saw them get into the blue Mustang and drive toward Best Buy.
Other officers responded and searched for the vehicle, but were unable to locate it or the subjects, according to reports.
Conway Police Department spokeswoman La Tresha Woodruff said investigators are attempting to get surveillance footage from the businesses.