From Conway Police Department reports
Conway resident scammed by man posing as sheriff's office employee
A 68-year-old Conway man was reportedly scammed out of more than $1,200 last weekend.
The man said he was contacted by a man named Lee Woods on Saturday who was posing as a representative from the Faulkner County Sheriff's Office saying he would need to pay $600 or two warrants would be issued against him. Woods said the man was accused of missing jury duty but could resolve the matter by loading the funds onto gift cards and providing him with the card numbers.
Woods reportedly stayed on the line with the 68-year-old victim as he left his home and headed over to Walmart.
After paying $600 in cash, the suspect told the man there was an error with the cards and that he would need to go by a Family Dollar store and load an additional $600 on separate cards. The man said he did not have any more cash but was informed by Woods that it would be OK because he could use a credit card.
"[The victim] arrived at Family Dollar, all to be told that he could not purchase the prepaid cards with a credit card but he could use a check," the incident report reads in part. "[The man] left the store, went home and got a check off his Simmons Bank account to purchase the prepaid cards for a total of [$604]."
This time, Woods said the transaction went through and told the man to mail the used cards to a Susan Boyd at the Faulkner County Sheriff's Office, 401 Locust St. After mailing off the cards, the suspect told the 68-year-old man he would be reimbursed for $1,208.
After being told he would be reimbursed for the funds, the man said he began to feel suspicious about the matter and realized he'd been scammed.
While speaking with police, the man provided officers with the number Woods called him at, 501-505-4006. When officers called the number, they whey immediately heard a recording that stated the caller had reached the Faulkner County Sheriff's Office. According to the incident report, the officer called the number a second time and began pushing numbers in an attempt to connect with someone on the other line. About 10 minutes later, the officer received a call from the same number from a woman who said her name was Teressa Johnson.
Hot Springs teen accused of shoplifting
A Hot Springs teen is accused of stealing $200 worth of groceries from Walmart.
CPD was called out shortly before 5 p.m. Saturday to the Walmart on Skyline Drive regarding a possible shoplifter. The store's loss prevention officer told police she saw the man walking through the store with two backpacks when she later noticed him put a package of bread inside on of the backpacks.
Along with the bread, the loss prevention officer reported seeing the suspect, later identified as 19-year-old Avery Jaysen Waid, put multiple other items in his bags.
"She started watching him and he started to look around as if watching other people," the incident report reads in part. "He then picked up a package of bread and concealed it in the backpack. He then repeated this process several times with other items. [The loss prevention officer] stated that [Waid] stood by the grocery door watching all associates going in and out the door ... [and proceeded past all points of sale and exited the grocery door."
After checking Waid's backpacks, authorities reportedly found $202.66 worth of unpaid groceries.
The man was charged with theft of property and taken to the county jail, according to the incident report.