From Conway Police Department reports

Police identify shoplifting suspect

A Conway woman is suspected of stealing antifreeze and other items on Tuesday from the Dollar General on Donaghey Avenue.

An assistant store manager at the business called police just before 9:15 p.m. Tuesday when she noticed that a woman left the store with a jug of antifreeze she did not pay for, according to an incident report.

The employee described the suspect as a woman who was wearing a light-colored, striped dress. When reviewing surveillance footage of the incident, officer Phillip A. Sweet saw the suspect woman arrive at the Dollar General Store on Donaghey Avenue with a man. The two were in a white 2008 Chevrolet DLS minivan, the report states.

According to the report, the man walked into the store first, and the woman soon followed behind him. As she entered the store, 48-year-old Lasha E. Simpson, was seen picking up a receipt she found on the ground.

“The black male walked in first and the black female followed carrying a large white and green bag,” the report reads in part. “Just prior to entering the store, the black female picked up a long receipt off of the ground and kept it with her.”

After the man walked up to the front register and paid for a jug of Peak antifreeze, the woman soon follows behind him. According to the report, she did not stop to pay for the antifreeze and stuck and still held onto the receipt she picked up out of the parking lot.

“It also appeared that the female’s bag had more items in it when she left,” Sweet noted in his report after reviewing the surveillance footage.

After looking up the license plate number the assistant manager was able to get of the two as the left the scene, Sweet was able to identify the suspect.

“After leaving Dollar General, I searched the license plate number … and found a report where [Simpson] was arrested out of the van for a misdemeanor warrant,” Sweet wrote in his report. “Simpson’s arrest photo was matched with the black female from the shoplifting and she was entered as the offender.”

Tools taken from Conway home

An unknown suspect made off with more than $1,500 worth of tools that were stored in a Kensington Drive resident’s garage.

According to an incident report, the homeowner noticed several tools were missing Wednesday evening. The homeowner told officer Sarah Smith he believes the theft occurred sometime between 10 p.m. Tuesday and 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The man told authorities he does not believe his garage was locked at the time and that collectively, the stolen items were worth $1,778.

Suspicious vehicle leads to drug arrest

A Mabelvale man faces three felony charges after authorities learned he was hiding meth in an Arizona tea can, according to an incident report.

Investigator Matthew Holland noticed a GMC truck parked on the west side of the Mapco on Dave Ward Drive that had two men sleeping inside it. According to an incident report, he requested a uniformed officer conduct a welfare check because the two were sleeping with the windows down, despite the high noise level around them.

Other officers arrived on scene and said it took “approximately 20 seconds” to wake up the two men inside the truck. The driver gave police consent to search the vehicle, and also cautioned police that he had a firearm inside the center console.

During the search, police found an Arizona iced tea can that had a hidden compartment next to the passenger seat. According to the report, police found a bandana that had a suspected meth pipe as well as a “baggie with methamphetamine” inside the hidden compartment.

The officers also found an additional 1.5 grams of meth near the firearm inside the center console.

Online records show the passenger, 21-year-old Devon Blake Nash, faces three felony drug charges following the incident and is scheduled to appear July 22 in Faulkner County Circuit Court for a plea and arraignment hearing.