Among reports recently generated by the Conway Police Department:
1. Theft of property at 1465 Trison Lane (Grace Baptist Church). Police were notified on Sunday morning of suspicious activity at the church after members of the congregation found that a storage shed had been broken into. A witness had earlier seen a suspicious vehicle near the storage shed and had followed the vehicle until it drove "around to Bob Courtway Middle School where the suspects jumped several curbs and drove around the back of the school, which the witness thought may have been a dead-end. While (the witness) waited out front (for police) ... the suspects got away by barely squeezing through a narrow path on the opposite side of the school." A 2,500-watt generator was missing from the shed.
2. Multiple vehicle breaking and entering in the northern East German Lane area. A thief or thieves broke into one vehicle at an apartment complex at 1960 Rich Smith Lane and three vehicles were broken into in an adjacent neighborhood, all between Thursday night and Friday morning. The thief or thieves seemed to be stealing in-dash stereo units and other in-car electronics — with various degrees of success. Only an owner’s manual and insurance document was stolen from one vehicle and from another only a stereo faceplate of little if any value was stolen. The thief or thieves did manage to steal two whole stereos and an in-car TV, along with a flash drive and a CD album of ceremonial Native American music recorded by members of the Lakota tribe.
3. Theft of property at 580 East Dave Ward Drive (J-Square Deli). Convenience store management reported on Friday that an employee had been "taking lottery tickets without paying for them and scanning them to see if they are winners" on two or three different occasions. Police were told that a quantity of tickets had been recovered from a trash can with only the barcode scratched off. These tickets will be "sorted through" to see which may have been purchased and which may have been stolen, according to the report.
4. Second-offense DWI at 200 block of South Donaghey Avenue. An officer initiated a traffic stop at about 10:25 p.m. Friday on a black GMC pickup driving with no headlights. Shortly after activating the police cruiser’s lights and sirens, the pickup rear-ended the vehicle in front of it, according to the report, and its driver, 23-year-old Zachary J. Quinn of 22 Fair Oaks Drive, Conway, was arrested on suspicion of careless/prohibited driving, second-offense DWI and refusal to submit to a chemical test.
5. Underage DWI at 4100 block of College Avenue. Officers responded at about 1:05 a.m. Friday to reports that a vehicle had come to a stop "in the middle of the intersection of College Avenue and Hogan Lane." Police saw that the driver was unresponsive, the vehicle was running and the gear selector in the "drive" position, and so set about devising a plan "to gain entry into the vehicle as safely as possible." Spike strips were deployed in front of the vehicle "to shorten a pursuit if it were to happen" and an officer unlocked the passenger’s side door and shut the vehicle off. The driver, identified in the report as 20-year-old Justin Michael Baker of 1 Eve Lane, Conway, was arrested on suspicion of second-offense DWI and refusal to submit to a chemical test.
6. Theft of property at three coin-operated machines. Between Nov. 24 and Saturday a thief or thieves pried open a coin-operated air pump at the Satterfield’s fuel station at 200 South Harkrider St. and a vending machine at the Kroger fuel station at 101 East Oak St. A thief or thieves also emptied a bill exchanging car-wash machine at a Flashmarket Citgo fuel station at 1030 Skyline Drive through unknown means. Between the three incidents about $130 in quarters was stolen.
7. Possession of a controlled substance at 100 block of Harkrider Street. At about 11:55 p.m. Monday, an officer noticed a vehicle driving with an illegible temporary license plate and initiated a traffic stop. The vehicle’s driver, identified in the report as 18-year-old Leodis Cordelius Harris of 701 First Ave., Conway, was found to be allegedly driving on a suspended license and during questioning attempted to flee on foot, but tripped and fell next to a patrol car. Harris was arrested at this point, after which 10 "baggies" containing a total of about 17 grams of suspected marijuana was found on his person. Harris was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance, fleeing on foot, resisting arrest and driving on a suspended license.
8. Residential burglary 1100 block of Gum Street. Victim reported that at some point between 10 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. on Saturday someone forced open the rear door of a residence and stole two TVs (one a Vizio and the other an Emerson), along with about $200 in bills and gold coins from a closet lock-box.
9. Residential burglary at 2600 block of College Avenue. A neighbor reported late Friday night that the door of a nearby residence was standing open. Police were able to contact the victim and found that a Sony Bravia 32-inch TV and PlayStation III game console were supposed to be in the residence. They weren’t.
10. Theft of property at 300 block of Davis Street. Victim reported that at some point between 5 a.m. Thursday and 11:45 a.m. Saturday someone stole more than $1,000 in lawn maintenance equipment and machinery from a trailer parked in a home’s front lawn. Stolen items included a Honda model 3500 power washer and a Stihl gas-powered leaf blower.
11. Criminal mischief at 1700 block of Chicot Drive. Victim reported that at about 9:20 p.m. on Saturday a vandal walked into a yard and attacked and destroyed an eight-foot tall inflatable Santa Claus ornament before leaving in a light brown pickup truck. Police searched for the vandal but could not find a vehicle matching the description in the area.
12. Theft of property at 201 Skyline Drive (JCPenney). Police were notified that at some point between 7 and 11 a.m. on Friday a thief or thieves had stolen Santa Claus’ cell phone, which Claus had left sitting on a desk in his temporary office as he consulted with children in the store.
(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.)