Among reports recently generated by the Conway Police Department:
1. Commercial burglary at 810 South Amity Road (Hawks Mobile Homes). Officers were alerted Tuesday morning to a suspicious abandoned vehicle in an industrial park. Upon making contact with the truck's owner, it was determined that the truck had been stolen by prying the vehicle's door open and used, along with a tow strap, to pull down a gate on the south side of the mobile home dealership. Hawks management told police that nothing was immediately found to be stolen, but an inventory would be performed.
2. Commercial burglary at 1825 Oak St. (Tobacco Warehouse). A Tobacco Warehouse surveillance camera captured images of white male wearing a blue shirt, blue jeans, gloves and a light-colored baseball hat turned backwards breaking into the business and stealing over $700 worth of cigarettes at about 1:50 Tuesday morning. Police believe the suspect may have been driving a white panel van.
3. Attempted residential burglary at 1620 Middle Road (Oak Grove Commons apartments). A man was walking into his apartment just past noon Monday when he heard glass breaking. The man looked around the corner to see a black male with a crowbar standing outside a broken window. The apparent burglar fled and was seen driving away in a light blue Oldsmobile Cutlass.
4. Found weapon at Stermer Road. An officer was flagged down Tuesday morning by a man who wanted to turn in a rusted SKS assault-style rifle he said he found while digging a ditch on Stermer road. The officer ran the rifle's serial number through crime databases to find an owner or the weapon's involvement in any crimes. No matches were found.
5. Fleeing in a vehicle, unlawful destruction of cemetery property at Robinson Cemetery. At about 1:20 a.m. Monday, an officer attempted to stop a speeding 1983 Dodge 400 sedan on East Oak Street driven by a man later identified as James Albert Gideon, 20, of 2211 Stout St., Conway. When the officer activated his lights, Gideon turned off Oak Street and onto Willow Street by way of the Faulkner Plaza shopping center parking lot. At the point where Willow Street terminates at the east border of Robinson Cemetery and intersects with Ingram Street, Gideon lost control, striking a tree and plowing into the cemetery. According to the report "after entering the cemetery going south the car turned to the west and stopped shortly after hitting a head stone." He fled on foot and was captured, shoeless, on Lincoln Street. Gideon told officers he fled because he did not have a driver's license. Two tombstones, one placed in 1904 at the grave of a young woman, were damaged.
6. Second-degree terroristic threatening at 700 block of South Hogan Lane. Police were dispatched at about 2:15 a.m. Monday to reports of a man menacing a pedestrian with a handgun. The victim told police that he was walking along Hogan Lane when someone in a passing gray passenger car yelled an insult at him. In response, the man "flipped the occupants off," according to the report, at which point the vehicle turned around and parked near the man. A white male emerged from the vehicle and produced a weapon the pedestrian recognized as a plastic-pellet-firing Airsoft pistol and "asked him a couple times if he wanted to die," according to the report. Apparently not fearful that the assailant could put his eye out, the pedestrian pulled from his pocket a knife, which was real, "and started walking toward the male subject," according to the report. The assailant got back in the vehicle and left the scene.
(Those with information pertaining to these reports or any unsolved crime are urged to contact the Conway Police Department at 450-6120. Staff writer Joe Lamb can be reached at 505-1238.)