From Conway Police Department reports

Walmart employee reports theft

A Jacksonville man is suspected of stealing more than $400 worth of items from a local Walmart earlier this year.

According to an incident report, an asset protection associate from the Walmart on Dave Ward Drive went to the police department Tuesday to report a theft that allegedly occurred on Jan. 4.

The suspect was identified as 37-year-old George A. Rice, according to the report.

The asset protection associate said Rice loaded several items into a cart after being at the store "for several hours."

After purchasing a phone cart, Rice allegedly pushed his cart full of items toward the auto department, where he also grabbed a car stereo before wheeling his way over to the garden center. While in the garden section, Rice reportedly began "sticking items in his clothing and in a backpack" before he "exited through an emergency exit" and refused to stop as employees yelled at him to come back into the store.

Employees estimate the suspect stole at least $401.32 worth of items but also said they were "not able to identify all the items" he took, according to the incident report.

Scammer poses as PC Matic representative

A woman reported an attempted scam where someone pretended to be a representative of an antivirus company she uses that was shutting down.

According to an incident report, a 67-year-old Conway resident was called by an unknown suspect on Monday from a man who claimed to be with PC Matic and said the company was "shutting down."

Because the company was shutting down, the scammer told the Conway woman the company owed her $399 and would soon transfer over the money the company owed her.

"However, the caller called back and told her that he had accidentally transferred $3,999.00 and he would need her to transfer that money back," the incident report reads in part. [The woman] realized at this time that it was a scam and hung up the phone. [The suspect] called her back and told her that it was too late [and] that he had access to her [two] bank accounts as well as her credit card information."

The woman said she was able to freeze her account before any money was taken and wanted to report the incident.

While the 67-year-old woman was at the police department, the scammer called her again.

Officer Hannah M. Fleming answered the phone and the caller immediately hung up, according to the report.

According to the report, the scammer had called the Conway woman from at least four separate numbers.