At 9:30 p.m., police responded to a hit and run accident at the intersection of Frank E. Rodgers Blvd. and Harrison Ave. Police said the victim told them he was hit by a truck in the crosswalk. After getting a description of the vehicle as a silver pickup truck with Arkansas plates from the victim and a witness, police said they located a vehicle matching the description a few blocks away and arrested the driver, Christopher Gale, 31, of Arkansas, on a DWI charge.
At 9:32 p.m., police responded to a residence in the 500 block of Hamilton St. where, they were told, two men posing as water department employees had entered the residence under the pretense of checking for leaks in the basement. After being let inside by the occupant, police said the occupant, leaving the front door ajar, led one of the men into the basement, where the “employee” banged on the pipes, opened a faucet to “check the pressure” and then said he had to call his manager about that. Meanwhile, police said, the second “employee” told the occupant that the pressure was fine and both men then scurried out. Later that day, police said, the occupant noticed that a safe containing $18,000 was missing from his bedroom. One of the intruders was described as a white man, between 5-feet-five and 5-feet-eight, thin, with a partial black hair growth on his face, wearing a black jacket, jeans and boots. The other man was listed as waring all black clothing, sneakers and black-colored hair. Both spoke English.
At around 2:35 p.m., police received theft reports from two occupants of an apartment building in the 300 block of Harrison Ave., both involving UPS deliveries. One resident told police he was expecting a package and, upon entering the building entrance, saw a box, time-stamped at 12:38 p.m., lying on the floor, open and its contents, valued at $710, removed. A second resident reported that he also received a package, delivered at 12:45 p.m., which was left in the building’s hallway, lying open and its contents, valued at $552, missing.
At 7:39 a.m., a woman told police she’d parked her 1998 Jeep Cherokee Sport in front of 110 N. Fifth St. at about 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 6 and, upon returning on Dec. 9, the vehicle was gone.
– Ron Leir