Conway police have arrested a man and woman for allegedly stealing from a rental storage facility at 1112 Gum Street.
According to a Conway Police Department incident report released today, police were notified just past 7 a.m. on Thursday that a suspicious vehicle was spotted leaving Waller Mini Storage, and officers went looking for it.
La Tresha Woodruff, CPD’s public information officer, said that the owner of the storage unit was "on alert" after a major break-in at a Stout Street storage unit sometime over the past two weeks. He had been keeping tabs on a remote camera, Woodruff said, and when he saw what looked to be two people breaking into his storage units he called police.
The suspect vehicle, a gray Pontiac Grand Am, had left by the time police arrived, but an officer suspected that he knew where the gray Grand Am might be going. Another officer headed that way hoping to intercept the suspects, according to the report.
This officer got behind a gray Grand Am and pulled over its driver, identified by police as 28-year-old Cynthia Dunsworth, for a cracked windshield. While writing Dunsworth a warning for the windshield, the officer asked for, and was given, consent to search the car and its contents. An officer found about a gram of suspected methamphetamine in a purse and arrested Dunsworth. A further search of the car turned up "burglary tools and stolen items from reported storage units," the report states.
The woman also gave written consent to search her apartment, where police found a male suspect in a back bedroom identified as Robby Gann, 31. He was arrested on unrelated warrants.
Both the male and female suspects were individually taken inside the apartment, where they both "pointed out all stolen items inside the apartment," the report states. These items included TVs, DVDs, cell phones, Beanie Baby toys, clothes and miscellaneous things "consistent with what you might find in a storage unit," Woodruff said.
Police filled three vehicles with the allegedly stolen property and took them back to the station, and both suspects were arrested for theft by receiving in addition to Dunsworth’s suspected drug possession and Gann’s warrants.
Woodruff said based on information from the Waller Mini Storage owner, the two may have been cutting locks off storage units, replacing them with their own, and coming back at another time to take the contents. This is the same scheme police think was used in the Stout Street mini storage burglaries, and police are investigating a possible connection.