From Conway Police Department reports

Boy shows officers how to safely get to his house

A 4-year-old boy showed officers how to safely walk to his house from Julie Lee Moore Elementary School last week.

According to an incident report, authorities were initially called to the school just before 2 p.m. Friday to check on the welfare of a young boy who was seen unattended an crossing Country Club Road on a tricycle.

The women who called police were standing with the 4-year-old boy in the school's parking lot when the responding officers arrived on scene.

The boy was unable to give officers an address when they asked where he lived and instead offered to show them how to get to his house, according to the report.

"[The boy], wearing all appropriate safety equipment, turned his tricycle around and escorted officers to the crosswalk where he then instructed us to wait while he pushed the crosswalk button and told us not to cross before the crosswalk signal," one officer wrote in his report.

According to the report, officers closely followed the boy as he safely guided them to his home, where the group was greeted by the boy's father out in the yard. The boy's father said he and his wife, who was inside the home with their newborn child, were unaware their child was not home. The boy's mom explained to officers that her 4-year-old son was familiar with the route because they "travel the same route to the elementary school almost daily to pick up his sister" and that he must have decided to ride his tricycle to the school.

Man finds handgun in backyard

A Gardenia resident reportedly found a handgun in his backyard last week.

According to an incident report, Conway police were notified Friday afternoon that a 31-year-old man found a firearm in his backyard.

The man, who lives in the 1500 block of Gardenia, said he found the firearm in a plastic sack shortly after 4 p.m. before calling authorities.

"Once on scene, I looked in the bag and found an older black .22 caliber Luger handgun," the responding officer wrote in his report.

The officer checked to see if the gun was stolen but found no reports based on the firearm's serial number and then took the gun to the evidence room at the police department.

"I seized the gun so that I could place it into evidence as found property," the officer further wrote in his report. "Also, I looked through prior reports attempting to see if the firearm was in relation to any previous reports. No further action was taken."

Pink-haired couple caught shoplifting

Authorities responded to a shoplifting complaint at Academy Sports on Friday.

According to the incident report, store employees called Conway police at 8:40 p.m. regarding two pink-haired suspects who were allegedly attempting to steal from the store.

The manager asked authorities to remove the suspects from the store, also noting he wanted the individuals banned from Academy Sports because they had been involved in previous shoplifting incidents at the store.

Once on scene, the responding officer located the female suspect looking through clothes in the store as the male suspect was over by the front counter. The officer found the male suspect had stuffed a few knives from the store in the pockets and the female suspect fled the store as the officer attempted to question her about the shoplifting allegations against her, according to the incident report.

Other officers on scene were able to detain the female suspect in the parking lot and returned all stolen goods back to the store before taking both suspects to the county jail.