From Conway Police Department reports
Phone stolen at Walmart
A Greenbrier woman who left her phone at Walmart on Tuesday returned to the Conway store to look for it minutes later to find out it was stolen.
According to an incident report, the 60-year-old woman called police just before 7 p.m. Tuesday after she realized she’d left her iPhone 7 at the store.
The woman was at the Walmart on Skyline Drive and “either left [the phone] in the cart or on the self-checkout counter.”
According to the report, the Greenbrier woman left the store and went to get gas at 6:48 p.m. but had returned by 7:05 p.m. to look for the phone. The phone “had a bright pink and turquoise case on the phone and it would be hard to miss,” the complainant told officer Joseph P. Manno.
Manno tracked the phone using the Life 360 app. The tracking system “showed it heading past Skyline [Drive] towards Morrilton,” the report states.
The woman was instructed to call the police department once she obtained the phone’s serial number.
Vandal spray paints vehicle
A Maplewood Drive resident called police Wednesday morning after learning his vehicle was vandalized in the night.
The 40-year-old complainant noticed shortly before 9:30 a.m. Wednesday that someone had spray painted his vehicle, according to an incident report.
Officer Michael T. Jones responded to the Maplewood Drive residence and found see “a purple steak down the rear passenger side that was obviously not factory paint” on the complainant’s white 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe.
“It appeared that someone walked by with an aerosol paint can and sprayed a line of paint as they walked past,” Jones noted in his report.
The man said he had not “made any new enemies or had confrontations with anyone recently” and that he was unsure of who would vandalize his vehicle.
Jones took photos of the vehicle to keep as evidence in the case.
According to the report, damages were estimated at $3,000.
Scammer steals $2,000 from Conway woman
A Conway woman was scammed out of $2,000 earlier this month by an individual pretending to work on her computer virus system.
According to an incident report, the 71-year-old complainant called police Wednesday morning to file a fraud report. The woman told police that she had a virus removed from her computer last year and that she’d paid for the fix using her debit card.
Two weeks ago, the complainant received a call from an individual with the company that fixed her computer who claimed “she would be receiving a refund for a problem in the computer system and [an] additional $100 for a computer virus.”
The scammer asked for access to her online banking account so that they could deposit the $1,350 refund. Upon this making this request, the report states that the caller then instructed the woman to load $500 onto two Walmart gift cards and call back with the card numbers.
Once she had loaded $1,000 onto two separate cards, the 71-year-old complainant told officer Lois S. Spencer that she called who she believed was one of the computer company’s representatives at 510-269-9728.
“The next day another deposit was made in her account for $1,350,” the report reads in part. “She then was asked to purchase [two] Google Play cards for $500 each.”
The woman purchased the cards as instructed, the report states. However, the woman’s bank contacted her Wednesday morning to let her know the two deposits of $1,350 “were fraudulent and she needed to make a police report.”
Altogether, the woman was scammed out of $2,000, according to the report. She was unable to recall the name of the computer company she previously used to have a virus removed.