A dispute over payment for a car resulted in a $17,000 headache for two employees of a car sales establishment.
One of the owners of S&P Motors had purchased a car for $16,500 and was planning on selling it to Prestige Motorplex for $17,800. On the date that the vehicle was to be sold, the owner was out of town and authorized an employee to complete the sale. The employee received a text at 6:45 a.m. from an employee at Prestige Motorplex asking for the title of the truck in order to complete a sale of their own. S&P's employee called the owner of Prestige to make sure the text was authentic, and he was told to bring the truck and title, and he could pick up a check from the office's secretary.
After handing over the title and receiving a bill of sale, he drove to the other lot to speak with the secretary, who informed him that she was not to pay for the truck. He then called the owner back and received no response. When he called Prestige's employee, he was told that they had decided to credit the employee's personal account for $17,800.
The vehicle was then sold by Prestige for $23,520.
When Conway Police called the employee from Prestige, he said he knew little about the deal, but he was advised by his lawyer not to talk with officers.
Police tried to contact employees at Prestige on Saturday, but the business was locked. The phone number listed at the business was disconnected. A call to Prestige by the Log Cabin Democrat went to voicemail, but the phone number was not disconnected. The case is now being reviewed by the prosecuting attorney's office for possible criminal action.