A woman already behind bars for allegedly stealing a Conway man's vehicle is now charged with commercial burglary after she reportedly stole a TV from the Conway Ministry Center's warming station.
Online records show that 31-year-old Amber Nicole Benson was jailed March 2 after she reportedly stole a man's truck after he allowed her to stay the night at his home "because it was cold outside and she told him she had nowhere to go."
Last week, employees at the Ministry Center found out a TV was missing and learned Benson took it on March 2, according to an affidavit.
According to a probable cause affidavit filed in Faulkner County Circuit Court on Friday, Benson is accused of driving the stolen truck to the Ministry Center on March 2 and climbing into the warming center through a window before proceeding to take a 32-inch RCA TV, a DVD player as well as about 30 DVDs "worth approximately $150."
When reviewing video evidence, authorities could see Benson drive up to the Ministry Center in a truck matching the description of the pickup truck included in the stolen vehicle report.
Detective Timothy Gray noted in his report after reviewing the footage that he could see Benson "grabbing items and loading them into the truck."
After reviewing the footage, Gray went to the Faulkner County Detention Center to question Benson about the theft. According to the affidavit, Gray first asked Benson about the incident involving the stolen truck as he leaded into questions about the theft at the church.
In her statement, she claimed she "had permission" to drive the truck to the "chip factory."
When asked if she went anywhere else other than the "chip factory" on the day in question, Benson admitted "she went to Last Chance Ministry and to a salvage yard," according to the affidavit.
Benson told Gray she used to work at the warming center and has stayed at the facility in the past.
After learning surveillance footage captured the theft, Benson "began to chuckle" and admitted to stealing the TV and other items on March 2, according to the felony affidavit.
Benson, who was already behind bars on suspicion of furnishing prohibited articles, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia following the incident where she allegedly stole her friend's truck, is now also charged with commercial burglary and theft of property.
Online records show a $15,000 bond was issued against Benson following the previous drug case and that the Conway woman is currently scheduled to appear in Faulkner County Circuit Court for a plea and arraignment hearing regarding the matter. As of press time Friday, a bond had not been set against Benson regarding the newly-filed felony case.