From Conway Police Department reports
Suspect damages church bus, takes gas
A member of the Zion Temple Church filed a theft report Monday morning after an unknown suspect reportedly stole gas out of a church bus.
Malcolm Donohoo, an elder at the church, called authorities shortly after 9 a.m. Monday to file a vandalism report, according to an incident report.
As he spoke with officer Dan Worley, the elder said he and a group of church members were in the church bus around 1 p.m. Nov. 4 when he noticed the bus was almost out of gas. This was odd to him, because he remembered filling up the tank "fairly recently and knew it had not been used since then," the report states.
Donohoo told police the church has had issues in the past with gas thefts and had since purchased locking gas caps for its buses.
"Not thinking anything of it, Malcolm proceeded to a gas station down the road to fill up the bus," the incident report reads in part. "There, he noticed someone had tampered with the gas cap and damaged it. Due to the severity of the damage, he had to break [the gas cap] off in order to fill the bus up with fuel."
As he began pumping gas into the bus, Donohoo said he soon noticed gas pouring onto the ground from underneath the bus.
After noticing gas spilling all over the parking lot, the church elder said he stopped pumping gas into the bus and began closely inspecting the bus to find out what the problem was, according to the incident report.
"He quickly stopped fueling and began inspecting the hose line," the report states. "This is where he noticed someone had crawled up under the bus and cut the line in order to drain the fuel from it. Malcolm stated the bus held at least 30 gallons of gas and was full before the lines were cut."
It is unknown who was responsible for the damages and theft. However, church members suspect the thieves were responsible for past thefts at the church.
Military marker stolen from grave
An unknown suspect reportedly stole a military foot marker from a grave at the Oak Grove Cemetery.
According to an incident report, a 63-year-old woman contacted police Monday afternoon to report the theft.
The woman told authorities her grandfather's military foot marker had been taken from his grave site sometime between Oct. 20 and Nov. 5.
The stolen marker is a bronze foot marker labeled "Lonnie P. Wofford WWI -- Born Nov. 9, 1888 -- Deceased Dec. 17, 1929."
Man drives away in stolen car, crashes into ditch, flees scene
Authorities responded to a vehicle theft report Monday evening and soon located the stolen car on East Robins Street.
According to an incident, an unknown suspect drove off in a 2005 red Chevrolet Aveo when the owners left it running in their driveway and later crashed into a ditch along East Robins Street near Last Chance Ministries before fleeing the area.
One of the owners told authorities she left the car running at 7 p.m. when she went inside to use the restroom. When she walked back outside, the 40-year-old woman said the vehicle was gone.
Her husband told police his wife's purse was in the vehicle and had $120 in cash, his wife's passport and her ID in it. When police located the vehicle, the purse was gone but the woman's passport was found inside the car, according to the report.
A tow truck was called to the scene to pull the vehicle, which had minor damage to the front bumper, from the ditch.